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How to Be an Online Missionary

As a follow up to my post on Church Service Missions, I’d like to go into a little more detail about how sign up to be an online missionary. This is particularly in response to several people who have mentioned to me that they have the time and resources to be a part-time missionary from home doing computer work online, but they are not sure how to get started.

Search for Opportunities

church-service-mission-technology-computer-opportunitiesThe first thing you will want to do is to go to the Church-Service Mission website to check out the open opportunities, get answers to frequently asked questions, and to get the Recommendation Form for a Church-Service Mission. Once there, click on “Current Opportunities” or “Search for Opportunities” (both links take you to the same place). And on thasavit page you’ll see a link to view all At Home Service Opportunities.

At present, there are only a couple of At Home opportunities listed, but hopefully there will be more in the future. Another alternative for finding at home opportunities is to go back to the search page, find the “Select and Interest” drop down menu, and select “Information Technology and Computer Science.” (see screen shot above)

Though these opportunities are not specifically listed as the work at home type, many of them could be done from home. If you find an online or computer-related opportunity that you would be interested in, click on the “Request Information” link to send a message to the person who listed the opportunity.

church-service-mission-request-information The Church encourages members to make contact and discuss service opportunities with the person listed in the posting. This allows potential missionaries and the Church sponsor to determine if there is a good fit. Also remember to prayerfully consider the assignment to determine if the service opportunity is right for you.

How to initiate the mission call

Once you have confirmed that a given opportunity is available and is one you want to pursue, you must complete a form entitled Recommendation for Church-Service Missionary and give it to your bishop. Print the form and carefully fill out each section of the recommendation, including where you are going to serve, how many hours each week, when you are going to start, and how long of a mission you would like to serve.

Once your bishop receives the completed recommendation forms, he will review it, interview you for worthiness, and discuss with you the selected choice for service. He then signs the form and forwards it to the stake president who will also interview you, and then forward your application to the local Church-service missionary coordinator.  The coordinator advises the stake president by letter when the processing is complete and the stake president  will extend the call to you.

Informal Online Missionary Service

Please also remember that you don’t need a formal call to be an online missionary. Recall what President David O. McKay used to say, “Every member a missionary.” This Mormon Missionary Prep website that you are now reading is an example of my informal online missionary work. No one in the Church called me or asked me to create this site. I simply felt promoted by the Spirit of the Lord. I have other projects in the works as well, such as the site I am setting up dedicated to Our Savior Jesus Christ. That site is not quite ready for prime-time yet, but when it is filled out, I expect it to be another great online missionary tool.

You too, without a formal missionary calling, can set up a website or blog or otherwise participate in the online conversation about the Church and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. So get out there, share your beliefs, try to reach people and touch their hearts. In the process you will become an online member missionary, and do great things to move the work of the Lord forward.

Church Service Missions

Mormon Church Service Missions Church service missions are a type of missionary work that members from age 19 to 119 can do. Church service missions are an excellent opportunity for elderly members who are unable to travel away from their home town area. They are also a great alternative for young men and women who are unable to serve full-time missions.

Church service missionaries live at home while serving part-time, anywhere from 8 to 32 hours a week. As of 2006, there were nearly 12,000 Church service missionaries serving worldwide, and Church leaders feel there would be more positions filled if more people knew about the opportunities available.

Church service missionaries have been helping to build and support the operations of the Church worldwide since 1979.  The Church-Service Missionary Program provides a growing and varied number of ways to serve. This important missionary workforce helps many Church operations provide the necessary products and services. And serving others brings great blessings to those missionaries and to the Church.

“There is a wide range of part-time Church-service opportunities available for both young and old. To be recommended as a Church-service missionary, one must be temple worthy, physically and emotionally able to perform required duties, able to support themselves financially, and at least 19 years of age. There is no upper age limit.

The Church maintains listings of these needs on LDS.org. The postings, submitted by Church-service missionary coordinators worldwide, are updated regularly and published online at the Church-Service Mission site. Doctors, hosts, grounds crew—even someone to change the tires in the fleet garage—they are all enlisted as volunteers that help the Church run smoothly…

“The call to fulfill a Church-service mission comes a little differently than a call for a full-time mission. Worthy individuals willing to serve are encouraged to select an open position they feel they are qualified for. In addition to being interviewed by their bishop and stake president, they are often interviewed by the given department or job manager to ensure they are up to the tasks required. They are then called by their stake president—not the prophet—and set apart by their bishop.” (from News of the Church, March 2006, “Many Opportunities for Church-Service Missionaries”)

The Church-Service Mission site has a listing of current openings, answers to frequently asked questions, information on the new Young Church-Service Missionary (YCSM) Program, and the recommendation form for a Church-Service Mission. There are also several good videos on the site which I have posted below for your enjoyment. Enjoy!

Go to the LDS Church-Service Mission website

Video: Addiction Recovery Program: Mormon Church Service Mission Part 1

Not long after Elder and Sister Olsen were married, they felt a desire to serve a mission together. They chose the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program where they learned to serve with unconditional love.

Video: Opportunities for Young Adults: Mormon Church Service Mission Part 2

Elder Warner was serving a full-time mission in Brazil when he had to come home for medical treatment. A little disappointed at first, he chose a Church-Service mission where he could find joy serving God in an unexpected way.

Video: Serving from Home: Mormon Church Service Mission Part 3

Elder Schoonmaker had polio as a child which made a full-time mission impossible. He and his wife chose a Church-Service mission with Family History and were able to work from home.