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For the past 40+ years, more than 5,500 adventurous young college graduates have served all around the world as Journeyman missionaries. These Southern Baptist, twenty-something, single or married with no children college graduates wanted to do something more after graduation than just jump into a secular career ... they wanted to be on mission with God.

Journeyman: a worker who had completed his/her training and thus qualified him/herself to work at a particular trade.

In centuries past, skilled craftsmen didn't just sell the family business--they put their trade in capable hands, hands of pupils they trained themselves. The Journeyman is just that: a worker on a journey toward mastery of the trade. No longer a trainee, the journeyman sharpens and hones skills that will later allow him or her to take on greater responsibility.

With that purpose in mind, the Journeyman Program was conceived in 1964 in the shadow of President Kennedy's new Peace Corps. The International Mission Board wanted to provide Southern Baptist recent college graduates a way to work with Career missionaries to learn the "tools of the trade."

The Journeyman Program has become a seedbed for Career missionaries. Since its start, hundreds of returned Journeymen have been later appointed as Career missionaries. In recent years, more than 35 percent of all IMB Career missionaries have previously served through the Journeyman or ISC programs!

Young men and women who are willing to commit to two years of overseas service are changing the world.

Qualifications for the Journeyman Program — do you have what it takes?

  • A sense of God’s leadership 
  • Emotional, physical and spiritual health 
  • 21-26 years old
  • An active member of a Southern Baptist church for the past two years 
  • Single or married with no children (must be married one year prior to deployment)
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States 
  • Completion of an accredited bachelor’s degree prior to orientation 
  • Willingness to commit to a two-year assignment 
  • Commitment to evangelism 
  • A growing Christian faith 
  • Ability to clear your calendar for a four-day conference in Richmond
  • For more information please view this: Mission Information powerpoint or video for short-term service

Are you ready for "whatever it takes" to impact a lost world?  
Click the link on the left to begin your application.