What Are the Requirements to Serve as a CSM?
- Church-service missionaries must be worthy to hold a temple recommend.
- They must be physically, mentally, and emotionally able to fulfill their specific call and its related duties.
- They must provide their own transportation, insurance, and financial support.
- They are responsible for their own medical and dental needs, including eye care and prescription drug expenses.
- They usually live at home and typically work for Church operations.
- They serve at least 8 hours per week.
- Their mission responsibilities should not supersede responsibility to care for dependent children at home.
- They are endorsed for the specific assignment by bishop and stake president.
The length of service may be determined by the needs of the position and the availability of the Church-service missionary. A missionary is generally called to serve from 6 to 24 months. Assignments may be extended if the missionary is still available and the needs of the operation continue to exist.
The call to fulfill a Church-service mission comes a little differently than a call for a full-time mission. Worthy individuals willing to serve are encouraged to select an open position they feel they are qualified for. In addition to being interviewed by their bishop and stake president, they are often interviewed by the given department or job manager to ensure that they are capable of performing the tasks required. They are then called by their stake president—not the prophet—and set apart by their bishop.
How Do I Become a CSM?
- Once you've decided to serve a Church-service mission, you should meet with your bishop and stake president to let them know your desires. They can guide you as you look for the mission that best fits your abilities and availability.
- Unlike a proselyting mission, you will be able to select where you serve. There are many ways to find a mission that fits your skills and situation.
- Review the service opportunities on this website.
- Speak to priesthood leaders or other members.
- Contact your CSM Group Coordinators (couples called to help with CSM efforts in your area of the world).
- Feel free to contact the operations managers in charge of different opportunities to discuss and compare positions you believe would be a good fit for you. Contact information for these managers is listed with the opportunity listing on this website. If you found the opportunity through a source other than this website, you can ask your priesthood leaders to help you get in touch with operations managers who are in need of service missionaries.
- Prayerfully consider the assignment to determine if it is consistent with your abilities, availability, and health.
- If you feel the assignment is a good match, complete a Recommendation for Church-Service Missionary form and give it to your bishop. This form may be printed from this website. Be sure to carefully complete each section of the recommendation form, including where you have arranged to serve, how many hours you will serve each week, when you are going to start, and how long a mission you would like to serve. Carefully complete the recommendation form, indicating your choice of place(s) to serve and the dates and times of service you desire.
- Meet with your bishop so that you can give him your completed recommendation form and be interviewed for worthiness to serve.
- Meet with your stake president for a worthiness interview. He will send your recommendation form to Church headquarters.
- As a CSM, you will be called by your stake president and set apart by your bishop for your mission assignment.