apply through office of volunteer ministries

If you do not attend an Adventist university, you are welcome to apply directly through our office. We will guide you through the application and approval process as it is outlined below.

If you DO attend an Adventist university, you will find the process outlined on this page:

Apply through an Adventist University


The main qualifications to serve as a long-term volunteer through Adventist Volunteer Service include:

  • Being between the ages of 18 and 79.
  • Being a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good standing.
  • Being financially able to serve without compensation other than a small living allowance.

Other important things to consider in your decision are included in the Qualifications section of the AVS website.



At any time during the application process you can search for volunteer opportunities, or "calls," on the Adventist Volunteer Service website.



  • To begin an online application, you will first need to create an account and log in to the Adventist Volunteer Service website.
  • Please list "Office of Volunteer Ministries" as your Sending Organization.
  • If you have questions, please contact Benjamin Speegle.


The following documents and forms need to be completed and sent to our office as part of your application. You may email these to Benjamin Speegle or fax them to our office. You may also attach them to your online application, but please notify us when you do.


We ask all of our long-term volunteers to complete a background check and child protection training through Verified Volunteers. The steps are outlined below:

  1. Go to 
  2. Select your home Union and Conference.
  3. Create a username and password, then enter information. Be sure to list your full legal name.
  4. When prompted to "Please select the primary location where you work or volunteer," select your home church.
  5. When asked if you work in another location, please select no.
  6. When prompted to select your role, choose "AVS Volunteer."
  7. You will be redirected to the training website. Complete the training and then you will be prompted to complete the background check.



A missions orientation training based on the book Passport to Missions is required for all our long-term volunteers serving outside the United States or Canada. If you have not taken this training before, you will need to enroll in the free online Passport to Missions course. You will find information on how to enroll on the homepage of your online application. Once enrolled, you may complete the course at your own pace until the end date of your cohort. This step needs to be complete before we can approve your application.


Once your online application, paperwork, background check, and training are complete, we will review and follow up with you about any missing information or concerns. Once all is in order, we will vote to approve you as an NAD volunteer at our weekly Appointees Committee. You will receive a notification email that you have been approved. In the unusual case that your application is denied, you will be contacted by our office.


Next, your application will be sent to your first-choice call. The mission organizations are encouraged to consider your application and make a decision within two weeks, but they may take more or less time. You are welcome to contact them at this time about any questions you may have about the position. Once the organization makes a decision, they will accept or deny your application on the AVS database. If accepted, you will move on to final approval. If denied, you will be notified and asked if you would like your application sent to your next choice.


After you are accepted by a mission organization, there is one more final assignment vote. After the vote, you will be notified by email and sent a travel packet by regular mail or email. The travel packet includes an official welcome letter along with basic travel and insurance information.


If you are serving internationally, you are responsible for working with your mission organization regarding your travel arrangements. These include:

  • Passport (you can do this before applying)
  • Visa
  • Airline ticket

Please send your flight itinerary to Andrea Keele as soon as possible so your insurance can be arranged for the correct dates.


Volunteers serving outside of the U.S. are covered by Adventist Risk Management's Accident and Illness for insurance Volunteers (ASV) plan. For more information, see the Medical Emergency page.


Volunteers serving within the U.S. are provided with Adventist Risk Management's Task Force insurance by the calling organization. More information on Task Force insurance coverage can be found at this page on Adventist Risk Management's website.

Other INformation

Visual Chart of OVM Application Process

Financial Responsibilities

Financial responsibility varies depending on the call, and you can check the Service Request to find out what is expected. Most calling organizations cover the cost for the volunteer's insurance and a small living allowance, while travel to the location is usually the volunteer's responsibility.

Serving Again

If you have applied or served through AVS in the last two years and there have been no changes to your health, you will only need to submit the following for your reapplication:

  • Online application
  • 1 new reference
  • Updated resume (optional, but helpful)

Inactive Applications

Unsubmitted or incomplete applications with no updates or communication may be "inactivated" three months after it was started or submitted. To reactivate your application, contact Benjamin Speegle.

Married Couples

  • Married couples need to have been married for at least one year prior to serving. If a couple would like to request an exception, more screening steps will apply.
  • If a married volunteer is serving without their spouse, they are limited to three months of service, per Church policy.
  • If a volunteer's spouse accompanies them as a "dependent spouse" (he or she is not a voted volunteer), the following forms need to be completed by the spouse and included with the volunteer's forms: