Fulfilling an MA term can be a foundational experience for those considering the possibility of a career in missions. By spending a year or more thoroughly engaged in missions, MAs have time to build stronger relationships with local friends, learn the language, and assimilate into the culture.
- 18 years or older
- U.S. citizens or valid resident alien permit that allows travel to and from the U.S. with a valid U.S. work permit that allows return to the U.S. after living in another country for a year or more.
- Born again Christian and growing believer
- Consistent in your personal devotional life
- Faithful to your local church
- Limited personal debt
Step 1: Application
Fill out and submit an application. If you have served as an MA within the last 5 years, please choose reapply.
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Step 2: Initial Process
(2 to 8 weeks)
After initial review, your application specialist will contact you with updates and be available to answer questions. Your district will be contacted, references compiled, and credit and background checks completed.
Step 3: Screening Process
(2 to 8 weeks)
When references and information have been received, your file will be reviewed.
Step 4: Placement Process
(3 to 6 weeks)
Assignment details are discussed and finalized with the mentor missionary and area director.
Step 5: Approval Process
(1 to 2 weeks)
When your assignment details have been received, your file will be prepared for presentation to your regional director. Once final approval is given, you will be notified and an email sent to you with your assignment details.
Step 6: Pre-Field Orientation (PFO)
MAs are required to attend PFO. PFO is held three times a year in March, June, and October. You can visit our Events page 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, couples with children should plan to attend summer orientation. PFO costs are part of the budget raised.
Secure Email Account
A secure email account has been created for you. Please access this account following the instructions provided in your Missionary Associate Handbook. Important emails will be sent to this account including your monthly AGWM financial statements.
Assemblies of God Credit Union
Begin the process of opening your AG Credit Union account online. This account will serve as your personal account and should NOT receive contributions. This account will receive your monthly disbursements once you begin your associate assignment.
Encourage supporters to contribute online by submitting a one-time credit card payment, commitment form, and/or setting up regular monthly contributions.
New Commitment & Donation Activity Report Emails
Email Pam Niebes to receive activity reports as funds and/or monthly commitment forms are submitted toward your AGWM account.
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 begin until the day of departure to the field. Contact your MA insurance specialist at email@example.com.
You MUST obtain final clearance from the Mobilization Office before departing for the field. Contact the MA Itineration Specialist for more information.
Final clearance consists of the following:
- Financial clearance – 100% of monthly and cash budget raised
- Visa clearance – visa requirements met for the country of assignment
- Regional clearance – the field is ready and prepared to receive you
- Travel clearance – a copy of your travel itinerary returned to Missionary Services
- Insurance clearance – insurance enrollment form completed and returned
Financial Guidelines for Missionary Associate Applicants
Due to the fact that Missionary Associates have extremely limited budgets, it has become necessary for AGWM to seriously consider the indebtedness of all applicants.
Those who apply for Missionary Associate assignment should not be overly indebted. Said indebtedness should be reasonable so as not to unduly encumber the Missionary Associate applicant through excessive repayment schedules, thereby causing them undue hardship and financial stress. Therefore, financial obligations shall not exceed a maximum of $250 per month.
Should a Missionary Associate be overly indebted and someone else offer to repay some of the debts for them, consideration will be given to that arrangement. However, a notarized statement will be required from the person assuming the repayment of the debt. AG Total Giving credit cannot be given for such a benevolent act.
What if I want to go overseas for less than one year?
Missionary associate assignments are for one to two years. The Short-Term program offers shorter opportunities of 11 months or less.
What if I am not 18?
You will need to wait to apply for the missionary associate program until you are 18. However before age 18, you can still experience missions through AIM trips.
What if I am not a U.S. citizen or able to work in the U.S.?
Due to governmental restrictions we are only able to process people who are able to earn an income in the United States. We recommend you contact the national church in your country for further information about their missions opportunities.
What if I do not attend an AG church?
Not attending an AG church does not automatically disqualify you for the missionary associate program. This issue is determined on a case-by-case basis according to input from the district where you reside. We recommend you contact that AG district for further direction. For contact information for your district office, please click here.
What if I have debt of more than $250 per month?
We would require that you be under the $250 level by the time you leave for the field. Many associates work out the details of paying off credit card debt and selling a home or car as they raise funds to leave for the field.
What if I have school loans?
Most school loans can be deferred during the time of your assignment. Our office will be able to provide verification of your assignment and financial status if necessary. Contact your lending agency for further information.
What if I am divorced?
Being divorced does not automatically disqualify you for the missionary associate program. Each situation is considered on a case-by-case basis.
What if I do not have ministerial credentials?
Credentials are not needed to serve a missionary associate assignment. This program is specifically designed for people who do not hold ministerial credentials.
What if I want to serve in a country or position that is not listed?
Even if a country or specific ministry is not listed, it may still have need. We will seek out placement in the country and position of your desire when you apply. We will contact you if placement is not possible and seek to find placement for you close to your request.
How long will it take before I am on the field?
It takes 2 to 4 months for approval of an assignment. Then, on average, it takes about 7 months to raise the budget, attend Pre-Field Orientation, and secure a visa.
What will happen once I am approved?
You will be required to raise your budget, attend a Pre-Field Orientation, and obtain final clearance before leaving for the field.
When can I start raising my funds?
You will be able to start raising your funds once final approval is given. At that time we will open a World Missions account for you where support for your assignment can be sent.