Application

Complete the form below to apply for an assignment or staff position with VMMissions.

Submitting this form puts you under no obligation. The information you give will help us to become better acquainted with you and to work with you for a possible assignment. Please make this as complete and accurate a record as possible.

If you would prefer to mail your application to VMMissions, you may download an application, print it, and send it to us when complete.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMMissions) is an equal employment opportunity employer within the meaning of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including the religious organization exception. VMMissions offers equal employment opportunity to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status or other status protected by federal, state or local law, except that, as a religious employer, VMMissions is legally permitted to, and does, discriminate on the basis of religion. VMMissions only hires employees, or appoints workers, who profess and commit to practice Christian faith from an Anabaptist perspective, and all employees are required to sign the Lifestyle Covenant in the form below. This policy applies to VMMissions’ policies and practice with respect to recruitment, hiring, rates of pay and other benefits, job assignments, promotion, training, discipline and all other terms and conditions of employment.

PERSONAL DATA

ASSIGNMENT

  1. Select the service arrangement you are interested in:

REFERENCES

  1. In addition to a pastor who knows you well, list three persons (co-worker, teacher, friend, etc.) who know you well from the standpoint of character, motivation and general qualifications. Do NOT include close relatives. Please provide complete addresses.

    Name Street Address AND e-mail address City/State Zip Phone # Day & evening

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

  1. Circle highest level completed: High School College Graduate School
  2. Attach resumé or list schools attended (in chronological order)

    Name of high school, college, seminary, Bible, business, nursing school Location City, State Date attended From To Degree and year received Field of Study major minor

  3. Attach resumé or list occupational experience (most recent first)

    Dates Employer & Complete Address Duties and Skills

  4. Check () the following items in which you have had actual experience or training. Double check () those in which you have had sufficient training or experience to enable your assuming major responsibility:

    Group leadership
    Administration
    Preaching
    Teaching
    Evangelism
    Music/Worship

    Accounting
    Money management
    Computer/data processing
    Creative/news writing
    Art and layout
    Photography

    Agriculture
    Construction skills
    Conflict resolution
    Counseling
    Medical/First Aid

CHURCH and CHRISTIAN LIFE

VMMissions is a religious employer. As such, we seek the following information regarding your Christian commitment and church life. Additionally, all applicants are required to sign the Lifestyle Covenant below if they wish to be considered for employment or appointment.

APPOINTED WORKER SECTION

Complete this section if you are interested in an appointed worker position (that is, not an office staff position.)

  1. Marital Status:

I acknowledge that I have read and accept the following VMMissions’ policies which are in place because of the demands of ministry, particularly in the first year:

  • Single workers are cautioned against entering into a dating relationship or making decisions about engagement and marriage during their first term of service.
  • Because VMMissions does not typically appoint only one spouse to an international setting, for international workers, marriage while on assignment will initiate a review of the assignment by VMMissions.
  • Workers are cautioned against having children in the first year of an assignment or until intensive language learning, whichever last occurs, is completed.
  • Newly married couples will normally be considered for service only after they have been married for at least one year.
  • Persons experiencing major grief, such as due to the loss of an immediate family member or recent divorce are also encouraged to wait a year to apply.
  • After an applicant has been accepted for placement, and as part of the process of discerning the timing, location and features of any placement, the worker will be asked to review the “Worker Background Assessment” and discuss it honestly with the applicable director. Disclosures pursuant to this document are not expected at the time of application; rather, we wish for all applicants to be aware that he or she will be asked about his or her background during the placement process.

LIFESTYLE COVENANT

Shared Beliefs and Values: Virginia Mennonite Missions embraces the teachings of the 1995 Confession of Faith in Mennonite Perspective. God is the creator of all that exists. The Bible is our fully inspired and trustworthy guide for who God is, what God is doing in the world, and how we can live as God's people. Scripture also exposes the sin that holds us and our world captive to the forces of evil. We can find salvation through Christ alone. Through the atoning and victorious work of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection we may be reconciled to God.

All who open themselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit can experience forgiveness, healing, new life, and a new community of peace and joy. As baptized believers, we proclaim and live out the good news of Jesus Christ in the midst of a broken world. We gather regularly to worship and celebrate, discern God's will, give and receive counsel, bear one another's burdens, and be sent into God’s mission in the world. We seek to be peacemakers and wise stewards of the resources God has given us. Though we often fall short of God’s plan, the church is the foretaste and instrument of God's reconciling activity in the world. We look forward to the day when Jesus Christ will return to make all things new.

Mission: Virginia Mennonite Missions, as an agency of Virginia Mennonite Conference, invites people to faithful living in Jesus Christ by forming and enabling congregations and individuals to continue God’s reconciling work in the world.

Vision: Virginia Mennonite Missions seeks God’s direction in calling out and sending forth a growing, diverse community of believers, empowered by the Holy Spirit to transform the world and to be transformed through the reconciling work of Jesus Christ.

Personal Qualities: VMMissions believes that certain shared commitments are essential for participation in God’s mission. VMMissions seeks people who:

  • Live daily under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture.
  • Participate in a local fellowship as available in the assigned place of service.
  • Express faith in ways that help others to know God through Jesus Christ.
  • Adapt to different cultural and social environments with sensitivity to local believers regarding appearance, conduct, values, and traditions.
  • Nurture their own emotional, social, spiritual, and physical well being.
  • Adopt a life-style consistent with the biblical teachings of respect for all life including peacemaking, non-violence, compassion, and stewardship of creation.
  • Demonstrate willingness, as guests, to respect the host culture.
  • Embrace sexual wholeness and reserve sexual activity for a marriage relationship between one male and one female and refrain from supporting other sexual activity or practice (premarital, extramarital, and homosexual).
  • Practice self-control by refraining from pornography, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors.
  • Recognize God’s presence in the global church as well as in individual caring communities.
  • Are accountable to appropriate and designated supervision.

I recognize that as a representative of VMMissions, I am an ambassador. I represent Christ, the Christian church, the Mennonite sending community, and VMMissions to everyone I meet. By signing below, I acknowledge that I have read, affirm, and commit to this rule of life while serving in this capacity.

AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF REFERENCES

I authorize the Virginia Mennonite Missions (VMM) to inquire about the information provided in this application, my work history and qualifications, and any other information that VMM considers relevant. This information may include, but is not limited to, my general character, Christian commitment and family relationships.

I authorize VMM to provide information that is considered relevant to persons with whom I might work in the VMM assignment. I authorize any person or entity to provide the requested information to VMM and release VMM and any person which provides information, from all liability arising from making the inquiries, providing the information, or deciding about my employment as a result of the inquiries or information.

In the event that this becomes a joint appointment between VMM and another agency, I hereby give my consent to have my application and information shared with the partner agency.

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