Resources for Short-Term Mission

All volunteers should first complete an initial inquiry form related to their interest. We will then contact you to begin your discernment process and discuss next steps.  After discussion, agreement and payment of the application fee, you may log into your portal to obtain, complete and submit the necessary registration forms.  These forms are also included on this page along with many helpful resources. Any young adults and youth, ages 16 – 29 years old, curious about opportunities to serve cross-culturally, should send inquiries to Minister Nicole Cox, Associate to Short-Term Mission and Emerging Leaders at

Here is a growing resource list concerning the Emerging Leaders’ initiative

Please note that beginning February 1, 2020 a $45 per person non-refundable application fee is required from all volunteers who decide to register with the STM office, before they travel to serve alongside IM global servants and/or partners. This registration fee is an important step to be completed as part of the registration process. It will be due before any forms can be submitted. The process needs to start as early as possible and must be completed (fee and all forms submitted and approved) 30 days prior to departure. This application fee provides pre-trip orientation sessions, post-trip debriefings, assistance with trip planning, organization and budget planning, free background application, cross-cultural preparation, spiritual accompaniment, medical evacuation & repatriation insurance, in country logistics and the assurance that a sending agency is part of the safety net in an ever changing world.

Please note that the medical evacuation and repatriation insurance STM is able to offer to registered volunteers, only covers children as of age 9. Children under the age of 9 traveling with parents are not covered. Trips to Afghanistan, Russia-North Caucasus, Iran, Iraq, Israel (West Bank and Gaza), Libya, Pakistan, Somalia are not covered by this insurance. Volunteers need to purchase separate emergency insurance.  COVID related medical issues are not covered by this emergency insurance. Another insurance can be suggested for you to purchase, at minimal cost.

List of Recommended Reading 
Book: Profiles of African American Missionaries by Robert J. Stevens & Brian Johnson
Book: Third Culture Kids by David Pollock
Book: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbert & Brian Fikkert
Video: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbert & Brian Fikkert
Video: Cross-Cultural Communication TED Talk
Video: Helping Parents Connect with the Mission Trip Experience
Video: A Helpful Reminder: Sending Churches

Vamos Con Dios  (Going with God Leader’s Guide in Spanish)

Short-Term Mission Team Essentials – Together On The Journey: A leader’s guide that can be adapted to any size of team, context and duration of short-term mission trip.

A unique podcast offering voices from around the world,  Bridges For Mission (B4M)

A special video informing all readers about the Short-Term Mission desk is available here, Around The World

Handbook: Volunteer Missionary Handbook

Devotionals: Karen’s Stories for God’s Glory

Multilingual devotional: Are YOU Listening?

Devotional for and by youth and young adults: Ask Your Questions!

List: Travel Checklist
List: Health, Safety, and Security Overseas
Website: Prepare for Ministry

Book: Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising
Document: Support Raising Ideas (Southern Nazarene University)
Document; God Provides Funding – Encouragement Letter

After the completion of an initial inquiry form, discussion with STM Staff and payment of the application fee, you may log into your portal to obtain, complete and submit the necessary forms. These forms are also linked below for your convenience.

Application – Groups
Application – Individuals traveling alone
Legal Waiver Form (English)
Legal Waiver Form (Spanish)
Volunteer Medical Release/Emergency Contact Form (Construction work only)
Volunteer Medical Release/Emergency Contact Form (Non-Construction work only)
Minor Travel authorization form
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Background Check Application (adults 18+ only)
After clicking the link,  click “Proceed”.  You will need your passport handy to complete the process. The secure online application will time out at 40 minutes. If your church has processed a background check on your behalf within the last two years, we will accept those results.
Individual Volunteer Reference Form
Volunteers traveling alone must submit 3 references. These must be completed by individuals who know you well and can attest to your character; ministry experiences but are not family members. One reference must come from your pastor or regional executive minister

Amity SEP Application 

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the STM office at