Has the Lord given you a heart to serve Him through cross-cultural ministry? Serving with SAMS could be God’s answer to that prayer. Do you have questions about becoming a long-term missionary?
A SAMS Bridgers serves from one month to one year and is partnered with a long-term SAMS missionary who serves as a mentor. The Bridger applicant must be age 18 or older (up to age 88!), and must have completed high school or the equivalent at least one year before starting the program.
Short-Term Team Missionary
SAMS’ short-term teams work with our long-term missionaries in assignments that last from one to two weeks, depending on the project requirements. SAMS offers team leader training to equip people who feel the call to led teams into the mission field.
Before He ascended to heaven, Jesus told His disciples, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). This calling, which is often referred to as the Great Commission, is still given to Christians today. While every believer is called to mission and to make disciples, some feel led to fulfill the Great Commission by becoming a cross-cultural missionary.
When a Christian feels called, it’s important for them to get their church involved in the process. Most of the time, it’s the church that sends out believers onto the mission field. When your church is involved, you’ll have a body of believers praying, supporting and helping you every step of the way.
Anglican Missionary Work Opportunities
Here at the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS), our purpose is to recruit, send and support missionaries all around the world. Our missionaries, who are in fellowship with the Anglican church, follow the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel, training leaders, establishing churches and ministering to schools and medical clinics.
Unlike other missionary organizations, SAMS functions as a community with our missionaries. We equip missionaries and enable them to raise up financial and spiritual partners. Our vision is to be a sending community that supports our missionaries holistically. During this time, their missionary work will focus on building a team of senders by sharing their Christian and Anglican vision for missionary service. This is a time to prepare practically and spiritually for the specific role to which God is calling them on the field – whether it be evangelism, church planting, community development, healthcare, education or another area in which God has gifted them to serve His Kingdom.
As part of our missionary work, we partner with other churches to produce more Kingdom fruit. While our missionaries serve under Anglican and Episcopal leadership, working with other denominations allows us to move toward the same vision of leading people to Christ and growing the Kingdom of God.
Types of Missionaries
SAMS missionaries have several opportunities to serve overseas. No matter how long they serve, though, all of our missionaries deliver the whole gospel, equipping each local church and community to continue serving and making disciples once they leave.
Our long-term missionaries typically serve anywhere from one year to a full career, working under the authority of Anglican Bishops. The initial discernment and sending process, which usually takes around 18 months, involves several steps.
Those who are interested in becoming long-term missionaries should reach out to SAMS by phone or email before filling out an application. SAMS will invite you in for a discernment conference and several interviews, ranging from a theological evaluation to a psychological evaluation.
At any point in the process, you may also contact one of our mission coaches – experienced missionaries who are available to counsel you in your discernment journey.
If approved, long-term missionary candidates then begin individualized training and raising support. Language and cultural training, which can sometimes take up to a year, is the last step before a missionary begins ministry.
As the name suggests, a missionary bridger essentially serves as the bridge between missionaries and churches. While the length of time that they serve can vary, it usually lasts anywhere from one month to a year. Once missionary bridgers begin serving, some decide to extend their terms and serve for a longer period of time.
No matter how long they serve, though, each missionary bridger will be paired with a SAMS long-term missionary. These internships can take place at any time during the year — not just during the summer.
Short-Term Team Missionary
Our short-term team missionary program places our mission teams with other missionaries from all over the world. This time frame can range from one to two weeks.
Serving short-term allows a team to provide assistance on a project or ministry, helping to advance the work of a long-term missionary. Just like with our other programs, short-term missionaries receive training before leaving for the mission field.
How to Become a Missionary Overseas
SAMS staff is ready to help any individual who wants to become a missionary. Whether you’re interested in yearlong or long-term service, our process for becoming a missionary overseas is simple.
- If you’re interested in becoming a missionary, be sure to let your church know. Then, reach out to SAMS to receive more information.
- Next, complete your SAMS application. Be sure to provide references.
- To help you get to know what SAMS and our missionary services are all about, you might be invited to a three-day discernment conference. This step will provide you with more information on our overseas dioceses and ministry opportunities.
- If you’re selected as a candidate, you might consider taking an overseas trip to determine where God is leading you. During this time, you’ll also seek financial support and attend the SAMS-provided training so you are equipped for service.
- Our staff team will assist you in logistical matters, such as travel arrangements and insurance.
- The last step to begin your assignment is learning a new language and culture as you build relationships with the community you are seeking to bless with Gospel hope.
Ready to Start the Application Process?
To receive more information on becoming a missionary or to start your application process, reach out to us today.
- Step 1: I'm Interested
- Step 2: Application
- Step 3: Crossroads Conference
- Step 4: Candidate
- Step 5: Missionary
- Inform your church leadership about your interest in missionary service and SAMS. Seek prayer and advice and learn what you must do to become a missionary from your church.
- Write, call or email SAMS asking for information.
- If SAMS and your church decide that you have the potential for fruitful cross-cultural ministry then you will be asked to complete an application and provide references.
- SAMS may invite you to attend a 3-day discernment conference where you will receive background information on the overseas dioceses where SAMS missionaries serve including ministry opportunities and training for support raising as well as lots of time to get to know SAMS and missionary service better.
- You will be involved in several different types of interviews. You will have an opportunity to ask your questions too.
- SAMS will prayerfully seek God’s leading with you. SAMS and you may agree that God is calling you to missionary service with SAMS.
- You will seek your prayer and financial support.
- You may take a trip to several overseas ministry sites to discern the best placement for you as a missionary.
- During this time you will attend the SAMS-provided training that you have decided upon with SAMS. This training may include preparation for language and culture learning, how to share your faith, theology of missions or other specific training that is needed.
- You will begin the process of applying for visas and other documentation.
- Your first year of missionary service will probably be spent in learning a new culture and language.
- You will spend one to three years in your first assignment. You will face many frustrations but it will also be a time of unprecedented spiritual and emotional growth.
All of us are called to mission; some are called to be cross-cultural missionaries.
God keeps His promises. He directs us in many ways…
Through His Word, the Bible
Psalm 119: “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path” (verse 105);…and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path” (verse 128); “The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (verse 130)
The lamp referred to is probably a small lamp attached to a shepherd’s staff, giving just sufficient light to take the next step. We should not seek a quartz halogen beam to reveal the long range future— we may not have the matu- rity currently to cope with what lies down the road (if, when Saul had his experience on the road to Damascus, he had a vision of the shipwrecks, imprisonments, lashings and death that lay ahead, he might well have become discouraged…). We should read Scripture regularly, and take a step at a time, and gain strength from each step. “Lord, what would you have me do today?”
The Bible keeps us on track. God wants us to know His will and guides us through His word. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21
Through Prayers of the Body
Acts 13:1-3, Acts 15:22: They Holy Spirit speaks, not just to individuals, but to the whole church. We should take our seeking to the Body. The church at Antioch was the first out- reach committee! It gave up to foreign missionary service its strongest members.
Through Dreams and Visions
Examples are found in Acts 16:9-10, Matthew 1:18-24 and Matthew 2:23- 15. It is easy to misread dreams and visions. They should be taken to the church and be measured against the Scriptures.
Acts 27 and 28 describe a shipwreck and an incident with a snake. Paul did not plan either event; God used them. The circumstances are not always bad; however, sometimes God opens a door no man can close. Rev. 3:7-8
Through Personal Prayer
Psalm 37:5-7a: If we commit our way to God, commit our free will to Him, and trust Him, He will act.
Psalm 31:3: God wants to lead us and guide us, but will not force it on us. He waits until we ask. When we do ask, He has promised that He will, in fact, lead us and guide us.
Psalm 27:11: God will teach us if we ask Him. (Enemies or oppressors are not necessarily other people, but our own thoughts, etc.)
Psalm 25:4-5: God, our Savior, in Whom is our hope, will respond to our prayers for teaching, guidance and for being shown His ways.
Through Specific Direction
In Acts 13:2 the Holy Spirit gives positive direction: “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” He also gives negative direction, as in Acts 16:6-7: “…having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia…they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.”
Through the Rightness of a Decision
The decision of the apostles and the elders, in Acts 15:22, clearly had the ring of rightness to it. In Acts 15:28, “it seemed good” to them and the Holy Spirit not to burden the church in Antioch with more than just a few requirements. We should pay attention when something “looks right” or “feels right,” or when it “fits,” or when we have “a peace” about it. As we present everything to God, His peace is with us, regardless of circumstances, and His peace surpasses our logic and understanding. Phil. 4:6-7
Our call from God is an intensely personal thing. We need to share with the body and to listen to what other Christians say, but no one, save God alone, can tell us with final authority that we are called to do a specific work. When a friend says “God told me that you are to start up a church in Cuzco,” that may be a faithful relaying of a word from God, but it is not a call. We should
neither accept nor reject such a statement, but take it to prayer and consultation.
The best consultant is the Holy Spirit, who teaches us all things. The Holy Spirit talks to our spirit. Romans 8:16 As we converse with the Holy Spirit in openness and surrender, about what we have seen and heard, we will come to know our call. For we remember God’s promise in Psalm 32:8: He will instruct us and teach us in the way we should go, and He will counsel us and watch over us. “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1