Have questions? We have some answers. Check our most commonly asked questions below or ask a new one of us through the contact form.
How many people serve with TWR?
TWR has about 300 employees total. There are about 90 staff members (missionaries and salaried staff) serving in the Cary (N.C.) office. We have 126 missionary "units" (singles, couples or families) serving in Cary or overseas. We also employ many national staff members in the countries where we work.
What do TWR missionaries do?
Unlike most missionary organizations whose members are involved in direct evangelism or discipleship, TWR’s missionary provide media and support a global media infrastructure that makes it possible for over 4 billion people to hear the Word of God through a network of transmitters (radio) or the internet (digital media). TWR’s missionaries are accountants, engineers, graphic designers, marketing specialists, managers and administrators, and audio and video producers.
Can I do an internship with TWR?
Certainly. We can set up internships in finance, engineering, graphic design, marketing, administrators, audio and video production. See our internship website for more details.
Am I qualified to serve as a missionary with TWR?
Do you have a vibrant relationship with God? Can you say that your relationship with Jesus Christ is growing? Do you live with a daily dependence on the Holy Spirit? How about devotions, Bible study and prayer? Are they a regular part of your life? Do you share your faith with others?
Why are you considering missions? Has God impressed upon you the desire to reach out to others and serve Him in ministry? Missions is more than a job and it can be very demanding. Loneliness, cultural differences and other frustrations may come your way. You need to have a strong conviction that God is leading you to apply and serve. Your love for God and your desire to glorify Him, no matter what, must be top priority.
What have you been doing lately? Are you committed and involved in your local church? Have you talked about missions with friends, your pastor, your parents? Your church should play an important part in your decision to serve. What your life looks like now should be a reflection of your desire to do the same thing overseas.
What does your daily life look like to others? Yes, you have been to school and you may even have a degree, but do you have an attitude of self-discipline? Are you teachable? Do you have a servant spirit? What about flexibility, accountability, initiative, perseverance, sense of humor?
Are you willing to raise financial support? TWR does not pay a salary. People who serve with us are asked to build a partnership team of people who will give and pray and “hold the rope” while you serve. Their support will make it possible for you to serve and their prayers will sustain you.
Are you cut out for service? Life in ministry overseas comes with pressures, cross-cultural adjustments, and challenges that require physical and emotional stamina and a resilient character.
Do you fit in? Check out TWR’s distinctives: our doctrines and values. Working for TWR means working together in small teams around the world and we want our people to be in alignment with those distinctives both for the sake of unity within the Body of Christ and for the integrity of the ministry and its media partners.
Does my spouse also have to serve full time with TWR?
Missionary spouses assigned overseas are given the freedom to choose how much of their time they want to devote to TWR. Due to work-permit restrictions and the way that support is set up, overseas missionary spouses can volunteer for other organizations, teach home school or work as a homemaker. U.S.-based missionary spouses have the ability, since funding is set up differently, to look for employment outside of TWR. However, all spouses should keep in mind that their supporters have sent them to serve with TWR and, therefore, the family’s top ministry priority must be TWR. No volunteer work or outside employment can interfere with missionary activities such as furlough and staff retreats.
How often can I take a furlough to reconnect with supporters?
The standard term of service is a three-year term followed by a furlough of four months. Other term/furlough options are available for families with children in regional/local schools or for missionaries for whom Totalization Agreement regulations for the country of service apply. These will be considered on a needs-basis.
How are missionary prayer letters handled?
Each missionary is required to write one prayer letter every quarter. The letter is proofed and approved by TWR, then printed and mailed for you by our Ministry Services team.
Please note, this is the minimum communication requirement. The most successful missionaries are in touch with their support team constantly via email, phone, Skype, Facebook, etc.
Do you provide medical and life insurance?
Yes. TWR offers its full-time missionary staff a comprehensive medical benefits plan that covers both domestic and international medical needs.
How can I educate my children on the mission field, and who pays for it?
TWR staff can educate their children in whatever fashion they choose as long as it is acceptable in the country of service (e.g., home schooling is not legal in the Netherlands). For an overseas missionaries, the bulk of approved education costs are paid by TWR from funds that missionaries raise as part of their support requirement. Details of what is covered by the education policy are available for appointed missionaries in the Sending Agency Manual.
How does one go about raising support?
Our missionaries raise support by building a team of individuals and churches who commit to supporting them on an ongoing basis. We offer support training, coaching, accountability, and encouragement to our missionaries as they take on this task.
How much of the support I raise is included in my salary/income?
Of the total support you raise, most missionaries receive approximately 47% as income. If you are serving overseas, the balance goes toward housing, insurance, taxes, furlough and emergency travel, children’s education and a major repair fund. If you are a missionary serving in the US, the balance goes toward paying your benefits and taxes. US-based missionaries are responsible for paying for housing, education and their monthly insurance premium from their salary.
Does TWR have an administrative fee?
Yes, TWR has a 5% administrative fee.
I have a retirement pension and want to serve. Do I still have to raise support?
You can serve as a self-supported volunteer or we can explore a combination of support raising and self-support.
Do I have to raise funds to cover my work-related expenses?
All of the support you raise is to provide you with a reasonable salary and to cover expenses that will be incurred by you and by TWR on your behalf. Any work-related expenses come out of the budget set for the department in which you work.
Is my paycheck based on the money that comes in each month?
Through TWR’s use of an overseas missionary pool and careful budget planning, we pay our missionaries a stable salary month after month regardless of what has come in for that missionary. However, support levels are closely monitored and missionaries are required to maintain their full support through regular communication with their supporters and during their furlough.
Can I receive additional support if I have an emergency or need a major item replaced?
Every overseas TWR missionary contributes, from their support, to the Major Repair and Replacement Fund (MRRF) from which these unforeseen events can be paid for. For US based missionaries, you will be expected to plan and save for the unexpected.
What is your position on women in missions?
TWR hires and promotes personnel based on their qualifications and core competencies, without regard to gender. However, TWR missionary opportunities are influenced by the international culture where the missionary would work, and final placement would be guided by the cultural norms of the host country.
What is your position on charismatic gifts?
While we understand that there are varying beliefs within the evangelical community and recognize that this can be a divisive issue, we do feel that it is important for missionaries representing TWR and working together in small teams around the world to be in alignment both for the sake of unity within the Body of Christ and for the integrity of the ministry and its media partners. Therefore, we do not carry programming, nor do we collaborate in any activity, which in its source or content, gives emphasis to revelations, visions and prophecies, or to promoting the sign gifts, such as the present day tongues movement and modern faith healers. We, also, believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and baptizes believers into the body of Christ at conversion; that the gift of tongues is not essential to prove the presence of the Holy Spirit; nor is it an indication of a deeper spiritual experience.
If I've been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, can I still apply?
TWR will evaluate an applicant’s criminal history as part of the missionary application process. If we believe that restitution has been made, that there are no outstanding requirements (probation or community service), that the applicant is fully repentant and that the applicant has sought and received the appropriate counseling or mentoring, then the applicant will be considered for missionary service. We believe, however, that it is of utmost importance to look out for the wellbeing of both our applicants and our current staff, so we may not be able to place an applicant in an area of service for which they’ve been previously convicted of committing a crime, (e.g. if convicted of embezzlement, TWR will not appoint that individual to work in any area related to finances). For the safety and security of our staff and their families, TWR will not appoint any individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes or crimes of abuse (e.g. child molestation, rape, domestic violence, etc.).
Do you hire divorced people?
Where all other selection requirements are met, with the full understanding and agreement by the receiving region, we are prepared, in the light of Scripture, to consider for acceptance those who were divorced either:
- Before conversion,
- Because of the partner's adultery, or
- Because he/she has been permanently deserted by an unconverted partner because of his/her faith
Additionally, the circumstances, duration of time since the divorce, stability of the family and aspects of re-marriage (if applicable) would also be decisive factors in acceptance. Please note, TWR will not appoint as missionaries any individuals who share custody of a minor child(ren) with an ex-spouse or any other individual.
Does TWR accept separated individuals?
TWR will not accept individuals who are separated.
Do you accept Orthodox, Coptic and Catholic Christians?
While we believe that there are many evangelical believers in these traditions we also believe that it is important for missionaries representing us and working together in small teams around the world to be in alignment with our protestant doctrinal statement — both for the sake of unity within the Body of Christ and for the integrity of the ministry with its media partners.
How can I learn more about missions and missions training?
Please visit MissionNext's website to learn more,
Where is TWR located, and where can I serve as a missionary?
We have partner locations all over the world but send missionaries to only the following locations: Cary (N.C., USA), Bonaire (Caribbean), the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, West Africa, Swaziland, South Africa, Guam and Singapore.
Is TWR non- or interdenominational?
Yes. You can find a whole list of our well-known partners from various denominations online (under the Partner section).
Who creates the radio and Internet content programming for broadcast?
Most of the programming content is created by TWR’s media partners and not directly by TWR. TWR does produce some of its own content in English and Spanish in the U.S. office.
What are the requirements to serve as a missionary?
All missionary applicants are required to go through a thorough screening process; this will include making sure that the applicant:
- Has a clear Christian testimony and a conviction to serve in missions
- Agrees with TWR’s doctrine, Statement of Faith and Principles and Practices
- Has less than $10,000 in educational debt and $0 in personal, un-secured debt before being accepted as a candidate for missionary service.
- Is pursuing a life of personal holiness and trusting the Holy Spirit to guide and mold him/her. Additionally, in order to ensure the wellness of the missionary, his/her family and the TWR team, he/she must be free from carnal sin (pornography, heterosexual promiscuity, gay, lesbian or bisexual relationships, alcohol and/or drug abuse, violent anger, etc.)
How long can I serve as a missionary?
You can serve as an intern (2-3 months) or a short-term (6-12 months), mid-term (2-3 years) or career (3+ years) missionary.
What forms do I have to complete to apply for missionary service?
All mid-term and long-term missionary applicants (including spouses, if applicable) must complete:
- Preliminary Questionnaire (i.e. Interest Survey) and submit a résumé or CV
- Missionary Application
- Christian Life History
- References (2 pastoral, 4 personal, 2 professional)
- Medical & Personal History Disclosure
All short-term missionary and internship applicants must complete:
- Preliminary Questionnaire (i.e. Interest Survey) and submit a résumé or CV
- Short-term/Internship Application
- Christian Life History
- Medical Questionnaire (Does not include Personal History section)
- References (1 pastoral, 1 personal, 1 professional)
Note: TWR will not permit families with children under the age of 18 to participate in short-term or internship assignments. Any term of service less than 12 months is too short to provide stability for children.
For all applicants, depending on your circumstances you also may be asked to complete a) a Marital History Questionnaire and b) a Legal History Questionnaire
What is the application process?
All applicants: Once a preliminary questionnaire is submitted and reviewed, links to an online Application and Christian Life History will be emailed to you, along with a Medical History form. If an individual passes these initial steps, we will send some application information and the résumé/CV to the applicable department(s) for review.
Mid-term and Long-term applicants: Once the application is approved by HR, a criminal background check is completed and the service opportunity is confirmed, missionary candidates will be invited to Candidate MEDIA Days (Meet, Explore, Discover, Inquire and Assess). During this time, you will meet with the Candidate Review Committe for an interview, meet with mental health professionals to assess readiness for service and to be introduced to the various facets of TWR’s ministry. This is an opportunity for both the candidate and CRC to ask questions and get to know one another a bit better. The CRC reviews all of the materials, including the psychological evaluation results, and reconvenes to make an appointment decision. When mid-term and long-term missionaries are appointed, they go through orientation and support-raising training before they begin the process of developing a ministry partner team.
Short-term and Internship applicants: Once the application is approved and the service opportunity is confirmed, short-term and internship appointees will begin raising support.
How long does the application process take?
This can vary widely. There can often be delays in receiving references and setting up a time for interviews and psychological evaluations. To speed the process along, applicants are encouraged to check with the Mobilization team each week to see what forms or references are missing.
Does my spouse have to complete an application if he or she is not going to work for TWR?
We believe that the decision to become a missionary family requires a commitment on the part of the entire family—both in partnership development and in building a life in a new culture - so we require both husband and wife to complete the full missionary application process together.
What is TWR's relationship with the local sending church?
TWR partners closely with a missionary’s sending church through the application process, the training and preparation phase and on-going missionary care and furlough planning.
Do I have to raise support to serve with TWR?
The majority of TWR’s openings are supported, missionary roles, requiring that you raise financial support to cover your salary, benefits, furlough, travel, etc. Occasionally we have a salaried position that comes open, but it is quite rare.
Why do I need to raise support?
TWR relies upon the generous donations of God’s people to provide for God’s work. Any revenue generated through the offering of media services, such as translation, production and distribution of Christian media content, is to assist in the generation of more Christian media content. TWR believes that the building of a partnership team in ministry is one of the biggest assets the missionary has in their service for the Lord. The financial support is a requirement, but the prayer support and encouragement of other believers is a blessing.
How much monthly and one-time support do I have to raise?
This amount varies widely on where you serve, the size of your family (if applicable) and, in the US, your position’s level of responsibility.
How do you determine support rates?
If you serve overseas, your support goal is based on the country of service (e.g. Singapore is more expensive than Bonaire), whether you are married or single and whether you have children or not. The rate is set each year to provide you with a reasonable salary and to cover expenses that will be incurred by you and by TWR on your behalf. If you serve in the US, your position’s salary will be benchmarked (compared with national averages) based on the level of responsibility. Your benchmarked salary will determine if you need to raise the minimum, average or maximum support level. These figures change each year and cannot be determined until your position’s salary has been benchmarked.
What percent do I need to raise before I can leave for the mission field?
You will need to reach 100% of both your monthly support goal and your one-time (Equipment Fund) fund goal before you can depart for the mission field.
Are all donations tax-deductible for the donor?
Yes, unless the donor specifies that the donation is a personal gift for the missionary.
Do you host group/team mission projects?
How many vacation days will I get as a missionary?
Overseas missionaries receive 22 vacation days each year in addition to any local holidays.
US-based missionaries receive sick, personal and vacation time based on office policy.
Are you ready to take a step of faith and begin the application process? Please select a service type on our Opportunities page to begin. Thank you.