Guide to Service: Apply

We're here to help you each step of your journey! It all starts with the application...

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Starting the application
Once you have met with a team member at The Atlas, you will get an email from the SM Application team to ask if you would like to start an application. After they hear from you, they will place a checklist that you will see on your myWWU dashboard. You are welcome to reach out anytime for support or with any questions that come up.

myWWU forms
Once you let us know you would like to start an application, our Application team will assign an SM checklist and forms on myWWU to help us get to better know you and support you while serving as an SM. They will also help us make your travel arrangements so that you can reach your destination safely. You will find the forms listed above on your myWWU Student Center Classic page:

First, in the upper right-hand corner, click the green button labeled “Sign Documents.” Read through these forms and submit them. Once both forms are completed, the button will no longer appear on the page.

Second, at the bottom of the Student Center Classic page, you will see a link labeled “Student Missions Forms.” This link will take you to a page with a dropdown menu that includes three online forms that you must fill out and submit: the WWU SM application, the travel form, and the mailings preference form.

Your myWWU checklist and forms will only become available after you have let us know you would like to start the application.

Applying for a call is like applying for a job. The organization where you are hoping to serve needs to know the skills and experience of its applicants in order to find the best fit for its service needs. If you need assistance creating a résumé, the Student Development Center is a great place to visit for tips and advice on what to include on your résumé. You can bring a copy of your résumé to the Chaplain’s Office or email a copy to

To send a reference, simply click here and copy and paste the link into an email or message to your reference. We require a minimum of three completed references for our application. One reference must be completed by a pastor, and one must be from a professional (i.e. teacher, employer, mentor), and one can be from a friend. Family members do not count as a reference. We highly recommend you send out more than two reference forms as this helps ensure you will receive the minimum required number of references. Please note that you will likely need a few more references later depending on the requirements of the mission organization where you are applying.

Health Clearance (physical and mental)
It's best if this health evaluation questionnaire can be completed at the University Health Clinic as they are prepared to do a basic physical and mental health screening for SMs. In the event that our University Health Clinic staff feel it would be in your best interest to meet with a trained counselor for additional mental health clearance, you can easily do this by making an appointment with a provider at the Counseling and Testing Center. Also, if you choose to use your Primary Care Provider (PCP), you will automatically to contact the Counseling and Testing Center for additional mental health clearance. To schedule an appointment with the University Health Clinic, call (509) 527-2425.

Passport copy
If you are interested in serving outside the United States, we will need a copy of your passport on file for identification purposes and travel arrangements. Make sure your passport is signed and is not due to expire in the next two years as it will need to be valid throughout the time you are overseas. You can bring your passport to the Chaplain’s Office to be copied or email for a secure option to submit it electronically.



Background screening
Each applicant is required to complete a child protection training course and background check through Sterling Volunteers. If you have recently completed this due to working at summer camp or serving as a volunteer at your church, please let us know so we can verify and mark this as complete. To complete the child protection training and background check, please complete the following steps: 

  1. Go to Adventist Screening Verification.
  2. Select Washington and Walla Walla University for your home Union and Conference.
  3. Create a username and password, then enter your information.
  4. When prompted, select Walla Walla University for the primary location where you work or volunteer. 
  5. When prompted to select your volunteer role, choose AVS Volunteer.
  6. After you finish entering your remaining information, you will be redirected to the training website. Once you have completed the training, you will be prompted to complete the background check.
  7. Send a screenshot of your completed course.

Screening Interview

This is about a 45-minute structured conversation to make sure we know each other well as you commit to the journey of student missions. This is also another great time to ask questions. 

To make an appointment:

Screening Committee
Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Screening Committee and voted to either pass your application so you can continue the process, or postpone service if we feel it would be in your best interest to wait.

Please email all completed documents, copies, certificates, etc to