Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member of the Church of the Nazarene to be a Nazarene missionary?
Because Nazarene missionaries are supported by offerings from local Nazarene churches, yes, it is necessary for a paid global Nazarene missionary to be a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Even if your church holds similar views to the Church of the Nazarene, because of the support system the church has in place, it is required to be a member of the church before being sent as a global missionary.

What do missionaries do?
Missionaries fulfill various roles on the mission field. Learn about the ways Nazarenes are serving explore the What Can I Do? page.

Where can I learn more about how to be a missionary in the Church of the Nazarene?
For those who plan to volunteer for 90+ days, or desire to serve as global missionaries, Cross-Cultural Orientation (CCO) is helpful. CCO events are designed to assess, train, and orient those who are interested in cross-cultural ministry in and through the Church of the Nazarene. Learn more and register on the Cross Cultural Orientation Information page.

Where should I get my education and how much is required?
While it is preferred for candidates to receive an education at a Nazarene school, it is not required. Most important is to enroll in a program which would best equip you for the ministry area in which you desire to serve.

Education requirements are dependent on the type of ministry you are interested in pursuing. For example:

•  Work & Witness Coordinator: Bachelor's Degree
• Seminary Professor: Doctoral Degree

Do I need previous cross-cultural experience?
While it is not necessary to have a specific amount of time in volunteer service, we ask for candidates to have had some previous cross-cultural experience. Gain experience through:

Do I have to be debt free to be deployed as a missionary?
No, however your monthly payment should be approximately $100 per month. This figure does not include your mortgage or car payment as these responsibilities would be transferred to renters or new owners prior to deployment.


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