OCMC sends missionaries to proclaim the fullness of the Orthodox Faith and to participate in making disciples of all nations. Their unique skills, experience, and gifts serve the receiving Church under its hierarch. 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.
The Application Process
The application process, from initial inquiry to New Candidate Orientation, typically takes between eight and ten months, depending upon each individual’s circumstance and typically includes the following steps:
We begin an open non-committal dialogue with you to answer your questions, initiate a personal relationship, and prayerfully begin the mutual process of exploration and discernment, advising time for prayer and spiritual counsel with your priest throughout the process.
When each of us is comfortable that God may be calling you to consider missionary service, we gather more information through the Missionary Questionnaire and consultation with your parish priest. At this point, neither you nor OCMC are making any commitments; we are walking together through open doors to further explore possibilities.
Application for Missionary Service
This is designed to gather the information we need for formal evaluation, and to help you ask yourself the questions that are pertinent to confirm your calling, motives, and aptitude for missionary service. Once we have favorably reviewed your completed application, and once we receive all references, supporting documentation, and completed background review, we will begin to explore potential assignment options.
Evaluation Retreat (ER)
During this three to four retreat, we utilize psychological evaluations, various other assessments and interviews to develop a comprehensive profile of your unique gifts, talents, aptitudes, and calling. We use this information to further confirm your calling and commitment to missionary service help customize a placement and job description within the parameters defined by the recieving hierarch which matches your gifts, talents and aptitudes; providing opportunity for professional and spiritual growth. When you return home, you will be busy completing Missions 101, and we will be busy working with the receiving field staff and hierarch to finalize a job description, budget, tentative service date and receiving the hierarch’s blessing for your arrival! With your acceptance, and pending OCMC Board approval, you will then be an OCMC Missionary Candidate!
New Candidate Orientation (NCO)
NCO is a one to two week long workshop which prepares you for your pre-field ministry of building a support team and equips you to serve as a long-term missionary. This will involve preparing a media kit, assuring that you are technically equipped, instruction role-play in making presentations for your missions, assessing your personal network, and planning a strategy for your support team development. We also conduct further training in cross-cultural ministry, orientation to OCMC, and more.