New Missionary Orientation

ABWE Missionaries
Spring, Summer, and Fall


New Missionary Orientation (formerly Candidate Seminar) exists to initiate long-term, mid-term, and associate missionary applicants into the ABWE family, inform new missionaries about how to navigate prefield missionary life moving forward, and inspire them to embrace our philosophy of ministry and audacious vision.


New Missionary Orientation lasts about one week, and takes applicants and new appointees through a journey including:

  • Completing the interview and appointment process to join ABWE
  • Gaining a detailed understanding of ABWE’s global ministry
  • Understanding ABWE’s approach to evangelism and church planting
  • Receiving equipping for raising financial support, if applicable
  • Exploring your benefits, support requirements, and other services available to you as a missionary

Recognition Service

Each July after New Missionary Orientation, our Recognition Service is the formal ceremony of induction for new appointees into the ABWE family. The Recognition Service is normally held at our annual Missionary Enrichment Conference, which is also required for all new missionaries within their first year of appointment.

Due to the global pandemic in 2020, the Missionary Enrichment Conference for July 2020 was canceled. We encourage all appointees from October 2019, the three Orientations in 2020, and two Orientations in 2021 to plan on attending the 2021 Missionary Enrichment Conference. It will be held July 12-15, 2021 in Baltimore, MD. Relatives and pastors are encouraged to attend this meaningful service.

Attendee Information

For more information regarding New Missionary Orientation, contact Mobilization at 877.636.5478.

Regardless of which orientation you attend, ABWE is encouraging you to return in July for the Recognition Service and Missionary Enrichment Conference. Children are welcome to attend the Missionary Enrichment Conference with their parents.

Application Dates

  • November 1-7, 2020 NMO
    Application Deadline: September 25

  • March 12-18, 2021 NMO

For more dates, see our 2020-2021 training calendar.

New Missionary Appointment Committee Interviews

Toward the middle of New Missionary Orientation, applicants undergo their final interview before a committee composed of Senior Leadership Team members and Executive Directors. The committee interview consists of the applicant's testimony, followed by questions. After the interview the committee votes regarding acceptance and appointment to the chosen field of service.

Housing & Meals

Hotel accommodations are provided by ABWE at no cost to the applicant. Lunches and dinners are provided at the ABWE headquarters, prepared by our on-site chef. Applicants are the guests of ABWE with no financial responsibility for room, board, and training. Travel expenses to and from Harrisburg, PA are the applicant's responsibility.


ABWE strives to embody a biblical family atmosphere at its International Headquarters and on all of its fields. Beginning in July 2021, a new program for children and teens will coincide with the Summer Orientation our other training events in July. We encourage families with children 5 years and older to pursue the summer Orientation.

For families with children 4 years of age and under:

  • Families may use the ABWE provided child-care nursery facilities and workers at no charge to the parents.
  • If parents wish to bring a relative to watch their children, the family will be responsible for lodging and meals for the caregiver.

With children 5 years of age and older:

  • ABWE encourages families have the children stay home with a care giver; or to choose the Summer Orientation option.
  • If parents wish to bring children with a caregiver, they will be housed at the hotel. ABWE will cover the caregiver’s hotel and meals at the IHQ.

​With children both of nursery age and over 4 years of age:

  • If parents wish to bring children with a caregiver, they will be housed at the hotel. ABWE will cover the caregiver’s hotel and meals at the IHQ. We will accomodate young nursing children who need to be in the same location as their mother.