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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. The ultimate goal is to help develop vibrant Eucharistic communities, train indigenous Church leaders, and assist the Church to witness locally through philanthropic ministry.

Who Serves as Missionaries?

God is the One who calls men and women, married and single, in every stage of life; from those called to a career in missionary service to 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.

All 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 field leadership.
  • 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.
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:

Pre-Screening

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.

Missionary Questionnaire

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.

Are You Called?

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center is staffed by people who are ready to help you discern your missionary journey. Click here to inquire about long-term missionary service. You may also contact OCMC by phone at 1-877-463-6784 or by e-mail at missionaries@ocmc.org with any questions or if you'd like to answer the call to make disciples of all nations as an OCMC missionary.
Missionaries to Albania
Ms. Anastasia Pamela M BarksdaleView Ms. Anastasia Pamela M Barksdale Page
The Bendo FamilyView The Bendo Family Page
The Hoppe FamilyView The Hoppe Family Page
The Macdonald FamilyView The Macdonald Family Page
The Ritsi FamilyView The Ritsi Family Page
Missionaries to Guatemala
Jesse BrandowView Jesse Brandow Page
The Chakos FamilyView The Chakos Family Page
The Jackson FamilyView The Jackson Family Page
The Rucker FamilyView The Rucker Family Page
Missionaries to Kenya
The Colburn FamilyView The Colburn Family Page
Ms. Meagan EngelbachView Ms. Meagan Engelbach Page
Missionaries to Korea, South
Mr. Tyrone-Stavros EmeryView Mr. Tyrone-Stavros Emery Page
Missionaries to Mongolia
Mr. Kurt A BringerudView Mr. Kurt A Bringerud Page
The Moore FamilyView The Moore Family Page
Missionaries to Romania
The Frantz FamilyView The Frantz Family Page
Ms. Felice E StewartView Ms. Felice E Stewart Page
Missionaries to United States
The DiLullo FamilyView The DiLullo Family Page
OCMC Information

Address:

     220 Mason Manatee Way
     St. Augustine, FL
     United States
     32086


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CFC Number:
(904) 829-5132
1-877-463-6784
(904) 829-1635
missions@ocmc.org

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Prayer for Missions

God of truth and love: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Hear our prayer for those who do not know You. That they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth, and that Your Name may be praised among all peoples of the world. Sustain, inspire, and enlighten Your servants who bring them the Gospel. Bring fresh vigor to wavering faith; sustain our faith when it is still fragile. Continually renew missionary zeal in ourselves and in the Church, and raise up new missionaries who will follow You to the ends of the world. Make us witnesses to Your goodness full of love, full of strength, and full of faith for Your glory and the salvation of the entire world. Through the prayers of all the missionary saints, Have mercy on us and save us. Amen.
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