Is God calling you to become a missionary?
Find your unique place in Christian missions.
God made you to share the Gospel with a world in need. But finding your place in His great plan isn’t always easy, and you shouldn’t have to do it alone.
At TEAM, we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all missionary roles. Our missionaries are artists, doctors, pastors, teachers, baristas, farmers and just about anything else you can imagine. Your personal missions coach will help you explore your passions and find opportunities where you can thrive. And that’s just the beginning.
Once you get started, we give you tools and personal guidance to raise support. We work with your church so they know your needs as a Christian missionary. We guide you through the ins and outs of moving yourself, or an entire family, abroad. And throughout your missionary career, we offer continued training, coaching, financial guidance, medical support and much more.
If God is calling you to Christian missions, we can get you there. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
How to Become a Missionary
Chat with a Missions Coach!
Ready to learn more about becoming a missionary? Chat with a missions coach to ask about TEAM, missionary roles and what life can look like on the mission field!
How do I become a missionary with TEAM?
Decide how long you want to serve. (+)
TEAM has short-term, mid-term and long-term mission options for Christian missionaries, ranging from two weeks to a lifetime on the field. Explore Christian missionary service lengths and pray about how God might lead you. If you need advice, a TEAM missions coach can help you sort through the possibilities.
Explore Christian missions opportunities. (+)
God made you with unique gifts and passions for a reason: He wants to use them! So at TEAM, we don’t stuff every missionary into the same old box. We want to figure out who you are and help you find a role that thrills your heart.
Our opportunities database has hundreds of unique, Christian missions opportunities that are waiting to be filled. But we’ve made it easy for you to search by ministry type, keywords, region and length of service. Explore opportunities ranging from church planter, to football player, to business coach and beyond! You don’t have to pick something now, but it will help to know some of the possibilities.
Talk to a TEAM missions coach. (+)
Your missions coach is your personal guide to becoming a missionary. You get to ask all your questions about TEAM — and Christian missions in general. We’ll ask you about your passions, skills and how you serve in ministry right now.
Together, we’ll curate a list of opportunities that fit your unique interests and experience. As you consider your options, we’ll give you the lowdown on TEAM’s mission work in relevant parts of the world. If you and your coach both feel like TEAM could be a good fit, we’ll send you an application. Then, your personal missions coach will walk with you through the application and interview process to become a missionary.
(If we don’t have the right opportunity, don’t worry. We’ll try to direct you to an organization with the focus and opportunities you’re looking for!)
Apply to become a missionary with TEAM. (+)
You’re interested, we’re interested, and now we just have to see if it’s a good fit. This is your chance — and ours — to dig deeper into what your Christian missionary service with TEAM could look like.
Do our beliefs and values match yours? Does TEAM have the right opportunity for you? Can TEAM provide the care you need and want on the mission field? Has your previous ministry experience prepared you for full-time ministry? Together, we’ll explore these and other questions. We’ll talk with your pastor, as well as friends and family who know you well. And we’ll use this time to settle on an assignment, together.
It’s all about making sure you thrive on the mission field, with the right Christian missions agency behind you.
Raise support to serve on the mission field. (+)
If asking friends and family for money isn’t in your comfort zone, you’re not alone. We know raising support is one of the scariest parts of becoming a missionary. That’s why we’re committed to walking with you through the whole process.
TEAM will give you in-person coaching on biblical fundraising, telling your story and writing newsletters that truly engage supporters with your mission. We’ll provide tools to build your potential donor list and a personal advocate team. And you’ll get to join a support group of other future missionaries raising their support. Together, you’ll develop strategies, share victories, seek the Lord and learn from the challenges you face.
Throughout your journey, a TEAM stewardship coach will guide you, pray with you and provide any additional resources you may need. And the best part is, our support doesn’t end when you reach your goal. We’re committed to helping you maintain your support and even find new supporters for as long as you serve with TEAM.
Start learning now with these resources!
Thrive on the mission field with ongoing training and member care. (+)
Our goal is to help you become the Christian missionary God made you to be. But every mission field, ministry, team and life stage comes with unique challenges.
That’s why our member care team creates personalized care plans to help each missionary thrive. From day one, your member care coordinator will work to learn you needs. They’ll give counsel for transitions and conflicts, as well as coaching to build your skills and spiritual health.
TEAM provides financial guidance — both for your life on the field and for when you return. We give ample support to missionary kids from birth, until after they graduate high school. When a crisis hits, we have plans in place to keep you safe and help you make hard decisions. From the day you sign up with TEAM, we’re here to support you however we can.
“They took us under their wing and mentored us and showed us the way. We could just tell a difference in the hearts of the TEAM missionaries.“
— Diane K., missionary to Papua, Indonesia
“We received a lot of information from TEAM about what it means to go into missions. And that really helped us. I think God used that to push us to the next step.“
— Paul V., missionary to Mexico
“TEAM puts the person ahead of the work — even the work for God. They value me more than the work I can do for them.“
— Kiersten H., missionary to Zimbabwe
Are you ready to become a missionary?
God is ready to use you to reach people in need. We’ll give you the tools to make it happen. Talk to your TEAM missions coach to start exploring where God can use you in His kingdom!Talk with Your Missions Coach!
Let us guide you to missionary success.
Moving abroad to become a Christian missionary is a huge decision. Figuring out the logistics can be even harder. But you don’t have to figure out missions alone.
Since 1890, we’ve helped thousands of aspiring missionaries like you find their place on the mission field. They plant churches, counsel abused women, heal impoverished families, coach kids in basketball, teach theology classes, care for the environment — and much more.
How do we help you find the right missionary role?
- Your missions coach will get to know you, where you are in your walk with God and how He’s gifted you. You’ll get to share what God has put in your heart. We want to know you as a person before we start matching you with missionary roles.
- If you have a specific opportunity in mind, we’ll start there. If not, we’ll help you explore the possibilities. Your coach will use our missionary opportunity database to send you specially curated opportunities that match your passions and skills.
(What if TEAM doesn’t have the right opportunity for you? We’ll try to point you to organizations who might. Our goal is to help you become a missionary who thrives — not just recruit you to TEAM. We can point you to other great organizations that might better match your beliefs, gifts or passions!)
When you find the right opportunity, your missions coach will walk you through the entire application and interview process. We’ll guide you on how to talk with your church and family about your calling. We’ll connect you with future teammates on the mission field. And we’ll keep having conversations to make sure you’re on the right track.
When you serve with TEAM, we want to help you thrive from beginning to end. That’s why we coach you through fundraising, provide on-the-field member care and give you continued ministry training for as long as you serve with TEAM.
Our goal is to help you become the missionary God made you to be.
Curious about missions but aren’t sure where to start? We have awesome resources to help you process how God is leading.
Am I Ready for Missions?
Take time for prayerful reflection with our missions readiness guide. Through thought-provoking questions, we’ll help you identify areas of strength, weakness and confusion. Then, share your responses with a missions coach to create a strategy for success.Am I Ready for Missions?
How to Choose a Christian Missions Agency
Becoming a missionary is easiest when you have a great agency behind you. But how do you choose the right one? Check out the nine questions you should ask every missions agency. Explore what matters to you and see who can give you the support you need.How To Choose A Missions Agency
How to Become a Missionary
Every missionary’s journey is different, but almost everyone goes through five key phases. Learn what to expect as you pursue missions — and how you can prepare. For every phase, we’ve included a bounty of resources to help you on your way!How to Become a Missionary