We take seriously the commission to make disciples of all nations. Whether you’re looking for a cross-cultural experience or pursuing a call to long-term service, we’re here to journey with you.

Short-Term Missions

Generally categorized as service lasting between zero to 24 months, short-term missions takes many forms. While short-term missions place us in another culture briefly, the effects can be deeply transformative for all involved.

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Thrive

Thrive is a hands-on internship in the United States equipping young adults to impact the Kingdom and to explore their callings. Through on-site, intensive training at a ministry, business, or nonprofit, interns explore how God has gifted them to serve in ministry and to lead. And along the way, business and/or ministry leaders mentor interns, helping them grow in their faith. Learn more

Ages: 18+ | Open to families? No | Service duration: 3 months with a 1-month orientation and exploratory trip to various BIC-affiliated ministries and businesses

Cross-Cultural Internships

Cross-cultural internships are customized for you, from the location you serve to the length of your term. These are great opportunities for those discerning a call to long-term missions. By serving alongside BIC U.S. long-term missionaries, interns gain invaluable experience in the field.

Ages: 18+ | Open to families? Yes | Service duration: 6–24 months

Global Volunteer Positions

Global volunteering is a way for individuals and families to use their existing skills and experience to serve God in a cross-cultural assignment. Through this program, we partner with interested candidates to place them in their desired field for a defined period of time (generally between three months and two years).

These positions are open for anyone 18 years or older who wishes to use their gifts to serve cross-culturally.

Ages: 18+ | Open to families? Yes | Service duration: 3–24 months

STEP

Since 2003, STEP has designed team internships to develop and equip young people with realistic, intensive cross-cultural ministry experience. STEP takes you beyond the adrenaline high of short-term missions to deeper cross-cultural exposure. Through the STEP program, you have the opportunity to learn from international leaders, immerse yourself in local language and culture, and serve in practical ways.

STEP locations vary year to year. Participants in the program spend several weeks between August and December training in Pennsylvania before deploying in January for a six-month term.

Ages: 18-30Open to families? No | Service duration: 6 months

Long-Term Missions

Generally categorized as service lasting more than two years, long-term missions provides the ability to invest deeply in a community over an extended period of time. Long-term missions can take many forms, from teaching to planting churches, to providing medical services.

Whatever shape missions takes, those serving share a common desire: to serve God’s people around the world and to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Full-Time

BIC U.S. World Missions is a sending agency for full-time missionaries, providing both administrative and financial support. Full-time missionaries raise a portion of their own support and are eligible to receive full benefits, including medical, retirement, and resettlement.

Under our care, full-time missionaries fulfill the following guidelines:

  • Prepare for deployment through the Missionary Development Program (MDP)
  • Serve two- and three-year terms, typically with a period of home ministry between terms
  • Participate in an annual retreat with other missionaries, typically in the region where they serve

Covenant

For those serving full-time with another missions organization, BIC U.S. World Missions offers support through our covenant missionary relationship. For covenant missionaries, BIC U.S. World Missions provides limited administrative and financial support, such as processing contributions from donors.

To qualify as a covenant missionary, you must serve a minimum term of two years working with a least-reached people group. The assignment must fit the strategic global priorities of World Missions and be in a field where our organization has no present ministry or opening.

Additional requirements for covenant missionaries:

  • Being a member in good standing of a BIC congregation before approval for service
  • Having completed a shortened version of the MDP or the primary employer’s comparable training program
  • Serving with a missions organization recognized by a body such as Missio Nexus

Associate

For those serving full-time with another missions organization, yet wishing  to be affiliated with BIC U.S. World Missions, we offer support through our associate missionary relationship. For associate missionaries, BIC U.S. World Missions provides connections and prayer support, yet no administrative or financial support.

Additional requirements for associate missionaries:

  • Being a member in good standing of a BIC congregation before approval for service
  • Having completed a shortened version of the MDP or the primary employer’s comparable training program
  • Serving with a missions organization recognized by a body such as Missio Nexus
Vicky Landis

Vicky Landis, Mobilization Administrator

Contact Vicky to learn more about long-term missions.

717-697-2634 ext. 5407 | vlandis@bicus.org

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