Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your patience. Because our staff is working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our normal processes are slowed down. If you haven’t seen a receipt from us in a few weeks, please feel free contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, our staff are unable to take donations over the phone at this time since our staff is working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You are still able to make your donation online or mail a check.
Serge Donations Processing Center
P.O. Box 96900
Washington DC 20090-690
We’re sorry to hear that you are having problems with your donation. We have found the two most common problems you might encounter are the following:
- To make a gift, you must be logged in.
- If you don’t yet have a login, the form requires an email address and password to make an online donation.
Missionaries returning from the field may have a continuing support need if their account is in deficit or they are on an approved leave of absence. If that is the case, your missionary will let you know, and your continued partnership will be much appreciated.
If they do not have a continuing support need, your missionary will let you know as well, and you may discontinue your giving on the date he/she indicates.
If you’d like to help Serge recruit and send new missionaries, please consider continuing your support to the Serge Core Ministry Fund. Regardless of your decision, thank you for your generosity and faithfulness.
Personal gifts are non-tax-deductible gifts, unrelated to the missionary’s ministry. Please download this form to mail in with your personal gift, and clearly note that this is a non-tax-deductible gift on the memo line of your check.
Some of our missionaries serve in fields where great sensitivity is required. If you’d like to give to an unlisted missionary, please call 215-885-1811 (ext. 248) to make a donation by phone, or download this form.
If you know your missionary’s designation number, you can donate online here: Give to an Unlisted Missionary or Project.
The easiest way to use EFT is to set it up as a payment method on your account page, or you can enter your information at checkout. If you prefer, you may also submit an EFT via mail using the form below as a guide.Download EFT Form
The most effective method for you to give is by automating a one time or recurring Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your bank account. Unlike Credit Card and Paypal gifts, this method incurs no processing fees on your donation.
Paypal and Credit Cards charge processing fees of approximately 2-3%, with Credit Cards incurring the higher fees.
Your checking account will be drafted the 5th, 10th, or 20th of each month, depending on when you initiate your recurring gift.
A one-time gift is charged within a few days of the original activity.
RCCs (Recurring Credit Card) donations are charged on or about the 5th, 10th, or 20th of each month, depending on when you initiate your recurring gift.
Annual giving statements are mailed to all donors once a year at the end of January. If you did not receive your report or need another copy, please contact Dwight Coffey via email at email@example.com
Serving with Serge FAQs
That depends on how long you want to stay. Short-Term Teams (1-2 weeks) have very minimal requirements. You register, seek the approval of your spiritual mentors—and our mobilization team—raise the support, and make the trip.
Interns submit an application for review by the Serge mobilization team and overseas field leadership. If you are approved, you’re soon on your way.
Apprentices (those serving 6 months to 2 years) and long-term missionaries (2+ years) go through a more extensive process. We will ask you to have a preliminary phone conversation, submit a written application, gather personal and pastoral references, and quite possibly visit your mission field of interest. Finally, we invite you to one of our quarterly Assessment and Orientation (A&O) weeks at our office in suburban Philadelphia. The A&O process gives us a chance to get to know each other well enough to “measure the fit.”
You can take the first step, by contacting us here.
There is no single, simple answer. The longer you will serve overseas, the longer it usually takes to get you there. For example, upon receiving your complete application, it may take 3 to 6 months to arrange your participation in an A&O week. Then, it usually takes about 18 months to raise support and be deployed for long-term (2+ years) appointments. However, this process may be much faster for individuals going on shorter-term assignments.
Overseas missionaries are required to raise 100% of their salaries, ministry expenses, and administrative expenses to serve overseas. This number can vary significantly depending on the country of service, marital status, experience, and job requirements.
If the Lord is calling you to go, He will provide the needed resources. Many of our missionaries begin with family, friends, and their home churches. But the Lord frequently surprises you with how He provides for your needs. Serge assigns every apprentice (6 months – 2 year term), and long-term missionary (2+ years), a support coach to guide them through the process. You will have regular interactions with your support coach. These conversations are not simply “how to” sessions, but part of a discipling relationship that will encourage you in your walk as you prepare to serve overseas.
We take our instructions from the apostle Paul who said that every worker is entitled to his hire. So, our finance team strives to see that every Serge missionary is paid a fair wage. Our salary structure for overseas missionaries is a complex formula that considers many different elements: your experience, job description, family size, field of service, and other factors. We will walk you through those accounting equations during your orientation.
Serge does not have a policy regarding personal debt. However, personal debt may hinder you from serving. We would encourage you to talk with us if you have concerns regarding this issue.
Yes, Serge will appoint missionaries that are divorced. However, we will talk with you about your divorce in order to better understand the circumstances and situation.
Serge does not require you to have attended Bible college or seminary. However, many positions within the mission necessitate certain educational requirements. Educational backgrounds in various fields may also help you in your present ministry, or with future advancement. Our mobilization team will help match you up with an opportunity that conforms to your experience, your gifts, and your education.
We love it when individuals come to us with a heart for a particular region. However, we also want to help you discern if your particular gifts may be used in areas that you may have not considered. And since we emphasize team ministry we will strive to place you on a team that fits your gifts and temperament. So, we want to explore several options with you. However, our final decision will be by mutual consent—we would never send you to a field against your will!
Serge overseas missionaries are covered by a major medical health plan. Coverage is effective from the date of deployment. We will provide more details for you as needed.
We consider the education of our missionary children to be very important. The answer varies from field to field, and family to family. Some missionary children attend public schools on the field, while others attend private or boarding school. Some are home-schooled or have Serge “Missionary Kid teachers” teach their children.
Costs vary for each trip. You can get specifics for a trip that interests you by contacting Brad Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can raise money from friends and family, through your church, and sometimes directly through Serge.