Short-term mission: four months to two years


From four months to two years, live and learn as you follow Jesus to the edges

Do you have skills and experience to share with our partner churches and organisations? Or are you keen to gain experience for longer mission service? Put your call into action on a short term mission placement with Church Mission Society.

We are looking for people who are committed to mission, have developed skills, experience and gifts and are open to spending from four months to two years living and working alongside Christians in other cultures. Expect to be challenged, to build meaningful relationships and to grow personally and spiritually.

Who is CMS looking for?

People involved in a local church who are passionate about evangelistic mission. You will be flexible, adaptable and sensitive in your interaction with people of other backgrounds, cultures and faiths. You may have a few years of experience in your profession. Maybe you have just finished education or are looking for a career break. Perhaps you are coming up to retirement. Whatever your situation, CMS is keen to explore what God has ahead for you.

Where can I go on a short term mission placement?

Countries within Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America – we’ll help you identify the location that sparks your interest, fits your sense of calling or opens up a new door for you.

What can I do?

It depends on your skills and interests. You may work in health care, teaching, project management, community development, the arts, church initiatives – or something completely different. Placements are as much about receiving and gaining cross-cultural experience as about what you can give. See our current mission opportunities.

How do I apply?

The process of selection begins with us receiving a completed enquiry form from you. We then take you through one or two interviews looking at how you got to this point, your calling and the type of work you want to do. We take up three references, complete a DBS check and a health check, and then invite you to a two-week training course where you will meet all sorts of other people who are either heading off overseas like you or just returning. We ask for a contribution of £350 towards the cost of the training, health and DBS checks, and debriefing on return.

How much does it cost?

Average costs for a short term mission placement for one person are £5,000–8,000 a year, but vary depending on location.

What next?

Email Gilberto on or call 01865 787415.

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