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tranSend (internship)

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Engage in mission through an internship experience

tranSend is a one- to two-year missions placement designed to help you discern your spiritual giftings and give you the opportunity to put them into practice. tranSend functions like an internship or apprenticeship and gives you a chance to explore God's calling in your life and learn from established ministry mentors while you consider your own future steps in joining God's mission to the world.

The Two Major Components of tranSend:

1. A Guided Discipleship Cohort

Join with other tranSend participants in a collaborative training led by a discipleship coach. This element focuses on your own spiritual formation and builds your philosophy of ministry, drawing from a wealth of Christian teaching and discipleship practices from throughout the global church.

2. A Mentored Ministry Assignment

This is your "field work", where we place you with a seasoned ministry or mission worker in an established setting. Here you'll have a chance to learn firsthand the practical work of ministry and experience the unique dynamics of your own placement as you discern your own calling ahead. Throughout your time in the program you'll have regular coaching sessions with your discipleship coach to reflect on your experience and apply your training.

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Other features:

  • Customized placements: we work with you to design a placement with one of our partners that matches your gifts and goals. These may be with "traditional" cross-cultural placements in missions and service, or with other creative missional projects in the USA and beyond. Let us know what you're interested in and we'll help you find a good fit.
  • Paid employment: tranSend is a paid ministry internship funded partially through fundraising on your part and partially through grants available from VMMissions. We will work with you to develop a budget based on your financial needs and the context of your assignment.
  • Financial aid: thanks to generous donors who are passionate about ministry formation, VMMissions is able to offer ministry grants toward your financial target during your assignment.
  • Fundraising support: we have experienced staff to support you in managing your fundraising outreach and overall strategy.


Want to learn more? Feel free to contact us with any questions you have and we'll be happy to discuss them with you. If you're interested in applying for the next cohort, use the button below to fill out an application before April 30.

Where Will I Be Working?

Discipleship begins with imitation. We place you with an experienced field worker to walk alongside you. He or she will provide encouragement, accountability and insight for your journey.

Our placements also focus on being rooted and connected in a particular space. Relating to the local community and other mission workers allows for discernment as God’s call becomes clear.

VMMissions will work with a global network of trusted partners to place you into a role and location that fits the needs of the local community, your giftings in ministry, and your calling to a particular region of the world. After your application is submitted, our Discipleship Ministries Coach will walk with you to determine the right fit. Below is a listing of our current tranSend openings.

Jessica Hedrick

"For many people the idea of raising money to go overseas can seem quite daunting, but the tranSend program eased that burden immensely by providing a grant for half of the money I needed to raise. My time in Albania through tranSend was a life-changing experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything.”

Jessica Hedrick
Served in Lezhë, Albania

Sarah Showalter

“The tranSend program allowed me to create and shape my own position with a lot of freedom to make it just the right fit for me. It also provided a good structure for pre-departure orientation and paired me up with a mentor from VMMissions who has been tracking with me in my cultural, personal, and spiritual growth.”

Sarah Showalter
Served in Det Udom, Thailand

How the Process Works

  1. Applicant dialogue/questions to tranSend director and staff
  2. Application completed
  3. References sent to pastor and three other persons
  4. Interview by director
  5. Director contacts national or local partner regarding placement
  6. Applicant profile presented to VMMissions leadership for approval
  7. Ministry Support Team formation (with MST Coach guidance); no funds requested until appointment
  8. Documents completed for work permit, visa and residency as needed for country of service
  9. Orientation, VMMissions retreat and training cohort launch
  10. Commissioning service and sending

Annual application deadline: April 30

For more information, contact:
Martin Rhodes, Discipleship Ministries Coach
(540) 434-9727 ext 307

Do you have a ministry that would like to partner with you for a tranSend placement? Contact us and let's explore your options.


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