Overview of the applicant's responsibilities AFTER final approval has been granted:
Read your Missionary Associate Handbook.
Missionary Associates do not receive any monthly allowance until their departure for the field. Do not plan any change in current employment until your budget is raised.
You must raise a cash budget and secure monthly pledges determined by the supervising missionary and the missionary associate standards. The average monthly budget is about $1,500-$1,700 for a single person.
Missionary Associates are permitted to raise their budget with the help of friends, family, and their local church. MAs are allowed to fund raise from church to church in accordance with District policy. Personal funds may be used to cover the budget amounts.
At the time of final approval, a world missions account is opened for the Missionary Associate. Except for personal funds, all funds must be processed through this account. Personal funds should be placed into a personal banking account that is accessible while on assignment.
Missionary Associates are considered to be self-employed and are not employed by Assemblies of God World Missions. Therefore, when filing income taxes, it must be under self-employed status. In addition to the standard social security tax, a self-employment tax will be required.
Missionary Associates are required to enroll under the Assemblies of God World Missions health insurance policy for Missionary Associates. This expense is included in the monthly budget. Insurance coverage does not start until the day of departure to the field.
You will be required to attend a Pre-Field Orientation (PFO) in Springfield, Missouri. These are held three times a year - spring, summer, and fall. You may go to "calendar" for exact dates. During the summer PFO, the Missionary Kid (MK) office hosts special pre-field preparation for all children ages 0 - 18 with age-specific activities designed to help children prepare for life overseas. For this reason, we recommend that couples with children attend summer orientation. PFO costs are part of the budget raised.
You will be required to obtain final clearance before leaving for the field. Airfare should not be purchased without the permission of the Missionary Associate office. Final clearance should not be confused with final approval.
Final clearance consists of the following:
Financial clearance – monthly and cash budget raised
Visa clearance – visa requirements met for the country of assignment
Travel clearance – a copy of your travel itinerary in our office
Insurance clearance – insurance enrollment form completed and returned
Final clearance – verification that all other clearances have been obtained
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