Get involved in the church life of Rivers Edge Fellowship, a diverse congregation in Lancaster City that includes a large Nepalese refugee population. Play your part in the church’s various ministries by using your organizational gifts for coordination and communication.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Lancaster, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category Community development

Bridge the Gap is a 14-week mission internship that equips young adults to thrive in a cross-cultural environment. Based at Immerse International, the internship places young adults from North America alongside recently-arrived young adults from various countries to live, work and learn together. Begin a life journey of building relational bridges in a globalized world!

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Millersville, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Community development

The 10-month EQUIP missionary training teaches interns principles that lead to reproducible church planting. Interns also gain experience in putting these principles into practice through ministry in New York City.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Discipleship Team
  • Region of service North America
  • Location New York City, U.S.
  • Ministry category Pioneer witness

Move into the bustling NYC neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, and join a church-planting team in partnership with Immanuel Community Church. While a multitude of people groups live in this neighborhood, the majority of the team's interactions will be with Chinese and Spanish speaking people. Build redemptive relationships in the community; explore the possibility of securing a local job and/or raising support.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service North America
  • Ministry category Children at risk, Community development, Pioneer witness

Handle technology and media needs for EMM's Christian/Muslim Relations Team (CMRT). Projects range from mailing list updates and computer backups to creating smooth systems of sharing information and resources in a secure yet accessible way. Learn about CMRT work through team meetings, periodic travel for speaking engagements, and one international trip with a team member.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Lancaster, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category Muslim ministry, Health

Join a local church community that seeks to be part of gospel transformation in southwest Baltimore. Serve through a variety of community ministries, including a small school run by the church. Learn principles of holistic urban ministry.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Baltimore, Md., U.S.
  • Ministry category Education, Community development

Intern at The Stroopie Co., a benefit corporation that bakes traditional Dutch cookies (“stroopwafels”) while providing employment to the refugee community in Lancaster County. Learn how kingdom business can be a vehicle for holistic transformation in people’s lives.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Mission internship
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Lancaster, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category Business for transformation

Kingdom Teams (K-Teams) will serve refugees and immigrants in Lancaster alongside local community partners involved with the growing refugee population. Participants will learn simple discipleship and disciple-making principles for following Jesus in daily life. They will apply these discipleship and kingdom principles as they serve refugees and others.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program K-Team
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Lancaster, Pa., U.S.

Grow in leadership and discipleship skills by working with youth groups as they connect with refugee children and youth during the summer Kingdom Team (K-team) program. Help lead discipleship training sessions for youth groups and service opportunities among immigrants and refugees in Lancaster. 

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Discipleship Team
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Lancaster, Pa., U.S.
  • Ministry category Community development, Leadership training

Assist and/or direct community summer programs at Immanuel Community Church (ICC) and Murray Hill Neighborhood Association (MHNA) in New York City, including VBS, daily enrichment, and tutoring programs for children. Disciple youth and expand/develop a computer lab and ESL programs. Assist with a food pantry, clothing ministry, and prayer station outreaches.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program GO! Summer
  • Region of service North America
  • Location Queens, N.Y., U.S.
  • Ministry category Children at risk, Community development

Getting started with an EMM assignment

  • Serving with EMM
  • What would I do?
  • Where would I go?
  • How does it happen?
  • Training
  • Service length

We are excited that you are exploring mission and service opportunities with Eastern Mennonite Missions.

EMM strives to help you discern and discover your call to ministry and match it with the opportunities that exist within the EMM community of relationships and partners.

If God is calling you to cross-cultural ministry, we invite you to contact us and begin the discernment process.

At EMM we know that God gifts people very differently so we do not expect everyone to serve in the same way. We expect a person's ministry to line up with their gifts, interests and calling. Your ministry can be built on your expertise and/or interest in teaching, business, hospitality, medicine and other types of ministry.


Explore specific EMM opportunities to fit your interests or training.

EMM has over 146 personnel serving in over 36 countries. We have been involved in many locations for decades. Our experience and history has enabled us to build valuable relationships that enable us to partner effectively with local believers and other mission initiatives.

Discover more about EMM's work in regions around the world.

To begin your journey in ministry with EMM you can do two things:

1 - Contact one of EMM's personnel placement coaches. Both Jimm and Sherrie are trained to help you discern your call to ministry and match you to a specifc location and ministry.

Contact Jimm Derksen if you are interested in a long-term assignment.
Contact Sherrie Ober if you are interested in a Mission internship.

2 - Start the EMM application process.


EMM places a high value on preparation for and continued learning throughout workers' assignments.
Effective training is Christ-centered, transformational, and equips people to become lifelong learners as well as trainers of others.

EMM training focuses on such things as discipleship, character development, servant leadership, mentoring, conflict and stress management, and self-care - in addition to context-specific ministry skills. Training expectations are dependent on mission assignment and term length.

Click here for more details of the training opportunities EMM provides.

EMM has mission and service opportunities for both short-term and long-term service - almost anything from 2 weeks to 4 years.

Click here for an overview of EMM's sending programs. There is something for almost everyone.

If you already know which program best suits you, click on one of these to see what opportunities are available: Kingdom teams | GO! Summer | Mission internships | Long-term.