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The Missionary Program

As part of the Missionary Program, you will become fully trained, supported and equipped to be a full-time CEF missionary serving in the world’s largest evangelistic children’s ministry. A customized ministry preparation program is developed for each missionary candidate following these guidelines:

Eight Steps to Full-Time Ministry:

Application and Screening Contact CEF to receive your application packet and submit it. References will then be checked and screening conducted. Some applicants may know their final place of service at this time. Hiring Decision Interview with the hiring committee. After being hired, you will be assigned a ministry preparation coach. Your coach will lead you through a customized ministry preparation, designed to equip you for the ministry God has called you to and will include, but not be limited to, the following: (the order may vary).

Missionary Candidate School

Attend a three to four day training school which is offered twice a year. Become acquainted with CEF ministries and begin raising personal prayer and financial support with the help of a coach.

Raising Personal Support

Learn how to raise personal prayer and financial support with the help of a personal coach. Amount of time for raising financial support varies from person to person (12-24 months).

Bible Training

Attend one year of Bible school. This can be done anytime before you are placed in the field. Courses may be taken on campus or by correspondence. You may also test out of this requirement.

Children’s Ministries Institute®

Attend a three-month course preparing you to evangelize and disciple children in dynamic outreach ministries, equipping you to teach others and helping you build leadership skills. Training is held at CEF International Headquarters in Warrenton, Missouri.


Enjoy practical training working alongside a CEF missionary. (Length of internship will vary from 9-18 months.)


Receive assignment and begin your ministry through CEF International Ministries.