Common Questions

Missionary Discipleship Program

MD   |   Internships   |   MVP   |   VIA   |   Teams   |   High School Students

Do I need a college education to become a full-time missionary?

The answer depends on the ministry and location. Certain ministries, such as medical and some educational, require a college degree while other ministries do not. This also applies to WGM locations. Some countries require a college degree before granting a long-term visa while other countries do not. In general, WGM does not require a specific degree but may ask that you take some Bible courses, depending on your background and prior knowledge.

How long does the application process take?

The application process includes completing paperwork and does take time, but how long depends on you. WGM conducts Candidate Review Weekends (interviews) usually three times per year—spring, summer, and late fall/early winter. We work with each individual to help customize the time it takes to complete the application process.

Can I choose the location where I serve and the ministry I am involved in?

WGM will work with each individual, couple, or family to place you where you feel God is calling you. However, the recruiting staff must work within the locations that are approved by WGM’s Board of Directors and with the approved ministries established by each location. WGM lists available ministry opportunities, but if an individual does not find a posted need for a particular location, we are more than willing to discuss your calling and how it may work on an approved location.

How long does fundraising take for long-term missionaries?

Unfortunately, there is no exact timetable for fundraising. Typically, fundraising can be accomplished in 12 to 14 months. However, many factors, including size of family, location or region of service, prior debt, and the time you devote to fundraising activities can lengthen this time frame.

Do I have to speak to large groups while fundraising?

WGM uses a strategy of fundraising that focuses on individual relationship building. What this means for the missionary is working more with individuals on a one-to-one basis. This DOES NOT mean that you will never speak to large groups or churches. All fundraising activities are self-scheduled and the missionary can work with their WGM coach to minimize or maximize the number of large group speaking engagements.

How do I support myself (family) while fundraising?

Missionaries just starting out will continue to work within their normal careers while scheduling fundraising activities when they are available. Typically, WGM will allow new missionaries to begin drawing a missionary salary after 50 percent of the total budget has been raised.

What if I have more questions?

Please email md@wgm.org.

top of page

Internships

MD   |   Internships   |   MVP   |   VIA   |   Teams   |   High School Students

Will I be paid? If not, can I work another job to earn an income?

First, no. All internships are unpaid, but you will walk away with plenty of experience. Past interns have been extremely satisfied with the hands-on experience they have gained and the on-the-job training they have received, despite not earning a weekly paycheck.

Second, yes. As long as you are able to keep a consistent schedule with WGM and another employer, you are free to work elsewhere to earn money. Remember, we are flexible and will work to meet all your internship requirements as well as make your experience with us a worthwhile investment.

What type of work assignments will I be given?

Your job description and work assignments will be given to you when you arrive, but rest assured that all your assignments will be used by WGM missionaries and staff to spread the cause of missions worldwide.

So, no sharpening pencils and running coffee orders, right?

Right. You will receive assignments that will require personal, hands-on attention and that will give you real-life experience in your designated field of interest. You will also learn from your coworkers, fellow interns, and God in this fun work environment.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for all WGM employees is business casual. This dress code restricts wearing rubber flip-flops, torn or frayed jeans, shorts, T-shirts, and sweatshirts. Jeans that are not torn or frayed are allowed. Ladies, if you choose to wear skirts, make sure they reach the knee or below.

When will I work?

The WGM office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but you will set up an individualized schedule, catered to you and your needs, with your specific internship coordinator.

Where will I work?

All interns are provided with a special work area, computer, and office supplies in the main office building at WGM headquarters in Marion, Indiana.

What supplies should I bring from home?

Past interns found it helpful to bring their personal laptop to complete work inside and outside the office. They also found having a thumb/jump drive handy to transfer files from computer to computer. However, do not feel obligated to purchase either item, as an office computer will be provided.

I need a place to stay because I live out of town. Is there a place for me?

Yes, the Abbott Center guesthouse is located on the campus of WGM headquarters. It is open to all interested interns as space is available. The guesthouse includes 16 rooms, each with two single beds; dressers; a table and chair; a bathroom with a shower and sink; a stove; a mini-sized fridge; and complimentary pillows, towels, and sheets.

Other rooms in the Abbott Center include a full kitchen; a laundry room; a common living room with a sitting area, TV, and piano; and an entertainment room with a TV, VCR/DVD player, board games, and a ping-pong table. Free wireless Internet is also available throughout the building.

Contact guesthouse@wgm.org for rates and more information.

I will not have food with me. Is there a place to shop?

Walmart and Meijer are about a 10-minute drive from WGM headquarters. In addition to these two superstores, several restaurants are within driving distance. There is also plenty of room to store food in your room and/or the Abbott Center kitchen.

What if I have more questions?

Please email internships@wgm.org.

top of page

Missionary Volunteer Partners

MD   |   Internships   |   MVP   |   VIA   |   Teams   |   High School Students

When is the deadline to apply?

Since you can serve as an MVP participant any time during the year, there is no specific application deadline. However, plan to apply at least four months before you would like to serve.

Am I qualified to serve as an MVP?

If you are a Christian and desire to grow in your relationship with God, you are qualified. You also need to be 30 years of age or older. If you are under 30 but have children, your family can still serve as MVPs.

How long can I serve?

Individuals and families can serve anywhere from four weeks to a year, dependent on your schedule and the missionary’s schedule. Although you can serve only one year at a time, you can reapply after your first term to serve again.

How much does it cost?

We customize your budget for your specific ministry and time frame. Budgets are all-inclusive, taking all expenses into account from the time you leave until you return. Please contact mvp@wgm.org for specific location and time frame cost estimates.

Usually, MVP participants send out 30 to 100 letters to family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to invite them to participate in cross-cultural missions with them. MVP participants also speak in their home church and other local churches. In other words, you raise your support but we show you how. You can also choose to provide for your funds personally.

Where will I live?

Part of the money you raise covers housing, and we arrange that for you. Some MVP participants live with missionaries while some live with other volunteers. It is also possible to live with a national family or have your own house or apartment.

What if I have more questions?

Please email mvp@wgm.org or call 765.671.7227.

top of page

Volunteers In Action

MD   |   Internships   |   MVP   |   VIA   |   Teams   |   High School Students

When is the deadline to apply?

Since you can serve as a VIA participant any time during the year, there is no specific application deadline. However, plan to apply at least four months before you would like to serve.

Am I qualified to serve as a VIA?

If you are a Christian and desire to grow in your relationship with God, you are qualified. You also need to be between the ages of 19 and 29 and have at least one year of post high school experience.

How long can I serve?

You can serve anywhere from six weeks to a year, dependent on your schedule and the missionary’s schedule. Although you can serve only one year at a time, you can reapply after your first term to serve again.

How much does it cost?

We customize your budget for your specific ministry and time frame. Budgets are all-inclusive, taking all expenses into account from the time you leave until you return. Please contact via@wgm.org for specific location and time frame cost estimates.

How do I provide for my budget?

Usually, VIA participants send out 30 to 100 letters to family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to invite them to participate in cross-cultural missions with them. VIA participants also speak in their home church and other local churches. In other words, you raise your support but we show you how. You can also choose to provide for your funds personally.

Where will I live?

Part of the money you raise covers housing, and we arrange that for you. Some VIA participants live with missionaries while some live with other volunteers. It is also possible to live with a national family, depending on your ministry and location.

What if I have more questions?

Please email via@wgm.org or call 765.671.7227.

top of page

Teams

MD   |   Internships   |   MVP   |   VIA   |   Teams   |   High School Students

Our church is interested in taking the youth on a missions trip. Where should we go?

Visit www.wgm.org/teams for more information about team ministry opportunities. Places to serve include Bolivia, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Kenya, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, and several locations in the United States.

When can we take a trip?

Teams are welcome to set their own dates, and then we will confirm those dates with the missionaries. One suggestion: schedule your trip far enough in advance to give you ample time for fundraising.

How long are missions trips?

The majority of teams go for a week to 10 days. However, if you plan to serve in Africa, it is best to go for at least two weeks.

How many people can be on our team?

WGM has had teams as small as four people, but an ideal team has 10 to 15 members. Some locations can accommodate bigger groups.

How much does a trip cost, and what does the price include?

Prices are determined by where you go, how long you stay, airline travel costs, etc. Team costs include airfare, food, lodging, transportation on the field, insurance, and project money. Contact teams@wgm.org for more details.

What will we do?

We try to give each team a combination of work and ministry. Missionaries at the location determine what teams are involved in according to the makeup of the team and the needs of the location. Ministries you may be involved in include construction, maintenance, Vacation Bible School programs, kids clubs, medical and dental outreach, etc.

What if I have more questions?

Please email teams@wgm.org.

top of page

High School Students

MD   |   Internships   |   MVP   |   VIA   |   Teams   |   High School Students

How do I begin preparing to become a missionary?

Begin living as a missionary today. Moving to a foreign country or new location is only part of becoming a missionary. You can become a missionary to those in your hometown and even your neighborhood. Become involved in activities at school, in your home church, and in your town that will give you the opportunity to spread the Word of God and become a positive Christian role model to those around you.

Does WGM require that I attend a specific college or university?

WGM does not require any particular college or university. Because WGM is nondenominational, we do not endorse one college or another. However, WGM does work with some colleges more than others, and we would be happy to help you on an individual basis to connect you with a college that fits our theological beliefs.

Do I need to have a specific major to become a missionary?

While some colleges and universities offer specific missions majors, this is not required to become a missionary with WGM. WGM recommends that you choose a major related to the area of ministry you feel God calling you to. For example, many of our missionaries have degrees in education, medicine, and business while others have specific ministry degrees such as children’s ministries and missions.

How can I become involved with WGM internationally?

Taking part in a team is an excellent way to get involved. Teams can be either one or two weeks, vary in price range, and take place year round. Email teams@wgm.org or visit www.wgm.org/teams for more information.

top of page