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

Church developer | Kosovo

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Strengthen and encourage a small body of believers by participating in discipleship and congregational life, as well as spending significant time reaching out to the community.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Europe
  • Location Kosovo
  • Ministry category Muslim ministry, Pioneer witness

Church planting team member | Village outside Prague, Czech Republic

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Join an international church planting team in a village on the outskirts of Prague.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Europe
  • Location Village outside Prague, Czech Republic
  • Ministry category Leadership training, Pioneer witness

Health care worker | Central Asia

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Work with one of several health clinics run by non-governmental organizations in a capital city in Central Asia. Seek additional opportunities to serve and build relationships locally.

Additional information

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

Pioneer witness | Marseilles, France

Immerse yourself in the richly multicultural society of the southern French port city of Marseilles. Join a developing team to form relationships in the community and establish a witness, reaching out to the many immigrants in the city.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term, Mission internship
  • Region of service Europe
  • Location Marseilles, France
  • Ministry category Pioneer witness

Teacher/pastor/coach | South Asia

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Serve as a teacher at an international mission school. Possible subjects include (but are not limited to): New/Old Testament, missions, theology, church history, and M.Div. classes. Be involved in the spiritual and character formation of students through a mentoring relationship. Resource church planters on the field. Partner with and support the local church in a pastoral leadership role.

Additional information

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

Church development and community worker | Wales, U.K.

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. People with a passion for building relationships are needed to model a viable biblical lifestyle in this predominantly non-Christian setting. Partner with a local church to equip believers and build relationships within the community. Become part of a missional community.

Additional information

  • Service term length or program Long-term
  • Region of service Europe
  • Location Wales, U.K.
  • Ministry category Community development, Leadership training

K–8 teacher | South Asia

Every EMM worker's primary focus is to make disciples of Jesus. Serve as a teacher at a private K–8 school that is a missional presence in a small town. Possible subjects include English, music, computer, math, and physical education. Get involved in a local fellowship. Prior teaching experience in a school environment or a degree in education strongly desired.

Additional information

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

Eastern Mennonite Missions

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