Length of term preferred?
Indicate preference of geographical location, if any
Please list any unresolved litigation (i.e. law suits) or financial obligations (e.g. student loans) you need to resolve prior to your time of service or that may negatively impact your ministry.
If you are interested in applying with other Mennonite agencies, and would like us to share your file with them, please list the names of the agencies:
If married, please comment on your marital relationship and unity regarding this assignment. If single, are you comfortable with singleness and how would it affect your assignment?
List names, birth dates of dependent children or other dependents
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.
I agree 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.