Long term mission with Church Mission Society

Long-term mission partners

Are you being called to make a long-term contribution to local mission somewhere else in the world? We are seeking mission partners who want to work with us to make disciples, resource leaders and transform communities – for at least three years.

Who is CMS looking for?

People who are feeling a strong sense of calling to overseas mission and are passionate about serving God.

You will be involved in your local church and already living a life of mission whatever that looks like in your context.

You will be flexible, adaptable and sensitive in your interaction with people of other backgrounds, cultures and faiths and you will have transferable skills that can be used in an overseas context.

Discover your call

CMS aims to walk with you as you explore your sense of call to mission. Throughout our selection processes, we will work with you to jointly discover your passion and vocation and how that might fit with our partners’ needs.

“Jesus called the disciples together and gave them ‘power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick’ (Luke 9:1–2).

“Jesus also told them to take nothing with them for the journey. So he knew the right time to send them out. He also sent them out knowing they had to engage their faith for the journey, that all their needs would be met.”

– Paul Read, CMS People in Mission funding adviser

Mission partners’ stories

Coronavirus: careful, but not fearful

Posted on 20 February 2020

A glimpse into life and mission in Taiwan during the spread of coronavirus, by Catherine Lee, a mission partner working at St John’s Unive…
Crossing paths

Posted on 17 February 2020

Although CMS’s pioneer mission training was designed with the needs of the UK in mind, the students don’t always stay put.

What is the process?

The process begins as soon as we receive an enquiry form from you. We then arrange the first of two interviews at CMS in Oxford. These interviews begin with an exploration of who you are and how you have arrived at this point as well as thinking about the role you would like to have. 

As part of these interviews we take up three references before sending you to a selection weekend where you will be interviewed further. Our selectors are great people who are passionate about ensuring that God is heard and that together the way forward is worked out.

If you are selected, the preparation for heading overseas begins, including completing a DBS and health check. We believe that funding, learning in preparation for service, and prayer support are joint responsibilities for you and us. We talk early on with you about getting you fully resourced for service:


We’ll introduce you to CMS-supporting churches that are keen to pray for you and help you financially. They will want to learn from your mission experience so that they can be more effective in their mission.


Prospective mission partners are often naturally daunted by the idea of raising support. To set you free from anxiety, our fundraisers will meet you early on to help you identify where you can find the necessary funds.


Along the way our dean of mission education will help you identify skills you’ll need to develop in preparation for the mission God has called you to. We provide residential training in Oxford, starting three times each year. We aim to ensure that prior to departure all the necessary support is in place.

What would I be doing?

We have lots of opportunities all around the world as diverse as church work to advocacy to medicine. You will discover that God can use any skills and that since God is calling you to service with Church Mission Society then God is also preparing the place.

What next?

Email Susann on vro@churchmissionsociety.org or call 01865 787415.

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