ABWE offers opportunities for long-term missionary service. “Long-term missions” means a long-term commitment to a particular ministry. Missionary service demands a high commitment to excellence. ABWE sets specific qualifications for long-term missionary candidates. If you believe God is directing you to pursue long-term missionary service, we can help by providing accountability throughout the application process, by offering guidance when you have questions, and by encouraging you as you follow God’s leading in your life.
What are the Qualifications?
Testimony. Candidates must evidence that have had a salvation experience and reflect the essential characteristics of a Christian as found in Acts 11:24—a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and leads others to Christ.
Citizenship. Citizenship must be of the US or Canada, regardless of ethnic or national background. Legal immigrants (alien residents) who have resided at least four years in the US or Canada and have applied for citizenship are also eligible.
Doctrine and Core Values. As we follow a Biblical model and strive for team unity, it is important that all career applicants be committed to the Baptist distinctives and be in complete agreement with ABWE’s Doctrinal Statement and Missionary Handbook and Policy Manual.
Church Membership. ABWE is committed to the local church and your membership in a church is imperative. We partner with churches whose doctrinal position and practice are compatible with that of ABWE’s. Approved partners include Baptist churches, Bible churches, and unaffiliated churches (i.e. Grace Community Church).
Education. Educational requirements do exist. Please see the What You Need to Know section for more details.