Mission FAQs

How do I get appointed for service overseas?
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.

How long does it take to get overseas?
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.

How much money do I need to raise to go overseas?
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.

What is the process for raising support?
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.

How does your salary structure work?
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.

Do I need to be debt free to serve with Serge?
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.

Does Serge accept missionaries that are divorced?
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.

Do you have educational requirements?
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.

Am I assigned a field to serve on, or can I choose?
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!

What type of health coverage do I receive as an overseas missionary?
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.

How would my children be educated overseas if I was a missionary?
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.

How do I begin the process of going on a Short-Term Team trip?
The first step is for you to complete the Short-Term Team application.

What are the costs for a Short-Term Team trip?
Costs vary for each trip. You can get specifics for a trip that interests you by contacting Brad Wallace at bwallace@serge.org.

How should I pay for a Short-Term trip?
You can raise money from friends and family, through your church, and sometimes directly through Serge.

How soon do I need to sign up?
Sooner is better. All of our trips close at least two months before departure, and you may be looking to raise support. Take the first step and complete the Short-Term Team application.

How can I get more information about a particular trip?
If you have questions the Short-Term Team trip page doesn’t answer, please contact Brad Wallace at bwallace@serge.org.