Missionary Associates


Missionary Associate (M.A.) appointments are made by the OPC Committee on Foreign Missions.

OPC Short-Term Missions helps to get the word out about M.A. opportunities through its website and S.T.O.R.M. Report.

We have seen how God can use a short-term missions experience to spark someone's interest in serving as a Missionary Associate.

In the 2018 short-term missions survey, 19% of respondents who had served on short-term missions teams indicated they were now interested in serving as a Missionary Associate.

OP mission fields in Asia, Czech Republic, Haiti, Japan, Quebec, Uganda, and Uruguay have all welcomed Missionary Associates who were introduced to missions through short-term missions.

The objectives of MA service are:

  • To assist a foreign Mission in its evangelistic outreach and other tasks
  • To test an individual's gifts for long-term service as a foreign missionary
  • To enrich the MA’s life for greater service as a member of their local church

Basic requirements for service as an MA are:

  • Communicant membership in good standing in an OP church or church of like faith and practice
  • Personal doctrinal convictions that align with Reformed theology
  • Availability to commit to at least three months, though preferably one or two years, of service

Specific duties of the MA are:

  • Determined by the Mission according to its needs, the cultural situation, and the gifts of the MA

The MA application procedure includes:

  • Completion of forms required by the Committee on Foreign Missions
  • Assessment of the applicant's training and experience to determine if he or she is qualified for the tasks assigned by the Mission
  • Approval by the Candidates Committee in consultation with the Mission
  • Potential field-specific requirements

Upon acceptance as an MA the candidate will be encouraged to:

  • Begin working through a suggested reading list for field orientation
  • Spend the first month or two on the field in concentrated language study

On the field, the MA will:

  • Be expected to accept the authority and direction of the Mission
  • Report on his or her work at each regular meeting of the Mission

Financial considerations for the MA:

  • The Committee on Foreign Missions does not provide salary, housing, fringe benefits, or travel funds for the MA
  • The MA must raise all their own support
  • The Committee and the Mission will help the MA develop a personal budget

The Mission helps the MA by:

  • Making arrangements for language study
  • Helping to find housing
  • Providing orientation to the culture and history of the country, the status of Christianity in that area, and the current work of the Mission
  • Supervising the MA's work on the field
  • Providing fellowship with the Mission families

Current Missionary Associate Openings:

Missionary Associates Needed in Asia to Serve as University Instructors of English

Missionary Associate Needed in Quebec City, Quebec

Missionary Associates Needed in Uganda

Missionary Associates Needed in Montevideo, Uruguay


For all the details regarding MA service, contact:

Rev. Douglas Clawson
Associate General Secretary
Committee on Foreign Missions



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