Orthodox Approach to Missions
principles used hundreds and thousands of years ago by the Apostles are still
imitated today in the Orthodox Church (and other Christian denominations):
• Indigenous leadership
• Translation of material into the local
• Worship in the local language of the
of cultural elements into the life of the Church
• Building of churches that witness to
the glory of God
• Vibrant Eucharistic community
• Emphasis on the whole person by addressing the needs of society both through
education and charitable institutions
Are You Called to be a Missionary?
Christ’s Last Command Your First Priority? ; The way to become a disciple is to
help “make disciples.” And by
responding to God’s call to help change the world, you will forever be
changed. Serving Christ and His
Church as an OCMC missionary is more than a job, it’s the opportunity of a
lifetime in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
serves as missionaries?
the One who calls men and women, married and single, in every stage of life;
from those taking a break between school, to families with young children or
teenagers, to ‘empty nesters’ and retired couples, to serve as
missionaries. God calls people
from all walks of life ranging from priests, monastics, seminarians and
teachers to health care professionals, engineers. IT professionals, salesman, laborers, administrators, youth
leaders and beyond to commit to missionary service. In other words, God can use your unique gifts, talents, and
experience no matter what role or stage of life you are in, as you offer
yourself to Christ and the service of His Holy Church.
applicants for OCMC missionary service must also:
• Have a
devoted spiritual life and a deep desire to witness for Christ.
• Have been an active member of a
canonical Orthodox Church for a minimum of three years.
• Be a Canadian or American citizen.
• Be able to work obediently as an OCMC
missionary employee under the direction of the receiving hierarch in
conjunction with OCMC
• Be willing to live a simple and holy
life within the culture and among the people they serve.
• Be willing to learn a new language and
culture, and learn from the people God calls them to serve.
thought of serving as a missionary either for a season or even for a career?
standard length for long-term service is a two-year renewable term, OCMC is
committed to equipping, sending and serving career-oriented missionaries. Additionally, OCMC seeks to provide
opportunities for missionary exploration through our team program (1-4 weeks)
and those who we consider may be interested in a special mid-term assignment
such as a 4-12 week accredited internship as needs in the field dictate.
the next steps in discerning your calling?
feel God is calling you, speak
with your parish priest and then contact the OCMC Missionary Department at
1-877-463-6784. It is never too
early to begin a dialog with us, whether you’re ready to go now or simply
considering your options. Don’t
worry! We won’t try to talk anyone
into missionary service and we don’t try to talk people out of it. We will walk with you through the
process of discerning God’s good will and to see if doors of opportunity are
open for service. If they are, we
will guide you through the process of application, appointment, developing a
support team, orientation and training and then ongoing field supervision and
pastoral support. We are here to
help you discern and fulfill your calling.