Long-term

International worker
An international worker is a person who moves outside their home country to live among, and minister in any variety of ways to, the people of another country. Long-term international workers engage with and witness to new groups of people, equip those people to disciple others, and mobilize partners for the mission of spreading God’s kingdom. An individual or couple preparing for this assignment will gather a supportive group called a Missionary Support Team (MST), and together they will raise the funds and prayer support needed to send the worker(s).

At EMM, a long-term assignment means two years or longer. Applicants must be at least 20 years old. Discern the right mission opportunity for you based on country or ministry — mission work has almost endless possibilities!

Long-term workers prepare for service by engaging in Launch, a guided discipleship training course with an emphasis on building cross-cultural skills. This three-phase course includes personal study, group learning, and, finally, online support as workers travel to their countries of service and delve into language, culture, and relationship-building.

EMM walks alongside long-term workers throughout their assignments and during the transition points of their service. Each summer, workers on home leave are invited to process, relax, and be refreshed at Oasis, an annual summer retreat. During regional retreats, long-term workers spend time and share life with the other missionaries in their geographical area.

Non-resident worker
A non-resident worker is a person who resides in the U.S. while working with a specific people group, country, or focus that is located outside or extends beyond the U.S. Non-resident workers will be appointed as individuals, not couples. Unless they serve in a volunteer capacity, non-resident workers raise funds alongside a Missionary Support Team (MST).

Associated worker
An associated worker is a person appointed with a mission agency other than EMM, and who also desires to engage in an authentic relationship with EMM. EMM has minimal oversight in these relationships, but invites the worker to participate in trainings and retreats and remains available for consultation, counsel, and supplementary member care.

Joint appointments
Joint appointments are reserved for situations in which it is advantageous for another mission agency and EMM to work together closely to appoint a worker. This most frequently occurs when a worker’s main relational networks are in the constituency of one mission agency, whereas the program in which they want to serve is within another mission agency. In such cases, a Memo of Understanding (MOU) is developed between the two mission agencies and the worker, in which details such as supervision, pastoral care, crisis planning, and financial packages are defined.

Marketplace workers 
Marketplace workers are people who sense a call to serve as a professional in a country or assignment that fits EMM’s vision. Compensation and benefits are provided from employment or elsewhere outside EMM. Workers negotiate with EMM to create a covenant of understanding that includes required expenses and optional relational support or resourcing services. Finally, marketplace workers will form a Missionary Support Team (MST) that provides spiritual, relational, and (as needed) financial support.

Why serve with EMM?

Executive director of operations | Southeast Asia

Seeking an Executive Director for a B4T (Business for Transformation) that is fully integrated in manufacturing, production, quality, sales and marketing. The director has direct reports who are managers from all the departments of a diverse and dynamic staff.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Asia
  • Location Sensitive
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Pioneer witness

Ministry assistant | Lancaster, Pa., U.S.

Make disciples of Jesus through getting involved in the church life of Rivers Edge Fellowship, a congregation in a multi-cultural Lancaster City neighborhood. Opportunities to serve include youth ministry, worship leading, community service and evangelism, church administration, and property care-taking.

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

Church planting team member | Queens, N.Y., U.S.

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. 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

Bible teacher | West Africa

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Teach the Bible to established churches throughout West Africa who are hungering for teaching from an Anabaptist perspective. Assignments could range from weeks to years in length. This opportunity is suitable for someone interested in non-resident mission work.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Africa
  • Location Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Guinea
  • Ministry category Education, Leadership training

Hub 450 manager

Self-starting leader. People-focused entrepreneur. Christ-centered community builder. Do these words describe you? If so, Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) wants to talk with you. We're looking for a highly motivated manager to lead an innovative and cross-cultural center in downtown Lancaster City, Pa. 

In late 2020, EMM plans to relocate its international headquarters to the small — but thriving — city of Lancaster. "America's refugee capital," "an unlikely spot" with a global feast, and a place where immigrants have "permission to dream again" — these are a few of the names that the BBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post have used to describe this city.

Additional information

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

Sales manager | Southeast Asia

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Build and lead a team of sales representatives for a transformational business bringing affordable access to clean water in Southeast Asia. Motivated by the transformative impact of clean water, help the business get their water filters to the farthest reaches of the region! Learn language and join in with a team of people who are loving and blessing the community through business and relationship.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Asia
  • Location Sensitive
  • Ministry category Business for transformation, Pioneer witness

English teacher | Southeast Asia

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Teach English to school children and youth at a private English learning center. Take advantage of the long-term visa the school can provide, and collaborate with EMM teammates to build multiplying communities of discipleship.  A bachelor’s degree and TESOL certification are required.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Asia
  • Location Sensitive
  • Ministry category Education, Muslim ministry, Pioneer witness

Children, youth, and family worker | Thailand

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Work with the Life Enrichment Church (LEC) — a Thai-Issan house church network in northeast Thailand — in giving leadership to developing the church’s ministry to the children, youth, and families of their districts. Engage with other possible avenues of ministry, such as working for child abuse prevention and rescue or broader involvement with the LEC. Position is suitable for an individual, couple, or family interested in serving multiple terms. An initial three- to four-year minimum commitment is required for focused language and culture study.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Asia
  • Location Thailand
  • Ministry category Children at risk, Leadership training, Pioneer witness

Church development worker | West Africa

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Be apprenticed to carry on the leadership development work of a seasoned EMM worker. Engage in both formal and informal discipleship. Applicants must be able to live and travel in in very basic, rural conditions. Fluency in French is strongly preferred. Given the cultural context, this position is for male applicants only.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Africa
  • Location West Africa
  • Ministry category Education, Leadership training

Church developer | Thailand

We focus on making disciples who make disciples with the goal of forming vibrant and multiplying communities of worship and mission among the various people groups of Southeast Asia. We use business and teaching as an entry platform in some of the sensitive locations in our region.  

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Asia
  • Location Thailand
  • Ministry category Leadership training, Pioneer witness