About Us

The Short Story

The short story of OMS is that we have been planting churches all over the world for a really long time but there are still many many communities which do not have a Christian witness.

We want YOU to be part of the work and GO SERVE God on either a short term trip or as a longer term missionary. 

There are heaps of different areas within which you can serve. 

Please ask us about short term trips, gap years or long term service.

Our offices:

Canada   web site
New Zealand  web site
South Africa web site
United Kingdom  web site
USA  web site

OMS was established in 1901 in Japan by Charles & Lettie Cowman,E.A. Kilbourne, and Juji Nakada. Originally we were known as ‘The Oriental Missionary Society’(OMS), with our work confined to the Orient. After World War II the work and ministries of OMS expanded beyond Asia into other countries onfive continents.  As a global mission we have more than 400 missionaries serving in 20 countries plus associate workers andministries in 23 additional nations. Missionaries serving under the auspices of OMS are from six 'International Aflliate Countries’ (ISC).

OMS MISSION FIELDS: One Mission Society is truly a global ministry, with work in 43nations. With God's blessing, in 2011 OMS achieved the following...

Decisions for Christ 624,926
Preparing for Baptism 375,328
Baptisms 391,054
Worshiping groups 23,499
Established Churches     2,615
Church attendies 1,996,641

OMS is committed to the principle that ‘the sons and daughters of a nation will best win that nation for Christ.’.. OMS has therefore always sought to fulfil the Great Commission through a distinct four-fold ministry strategy:

  1. direct evangelism
  2. establishing believers into self-governing, self-propagating and self-supporting national churches
  3. discipling and training national workers as God calls them into ministry, and
  4. partnering with national churches and other organizations in ‘reaching the nations for Christ.’

Opportunities For Service:OMS has up to 300 opportunities for service for both short-term and career missionaries. We invite you to visit each of our mission fields close up and see the diverse ways of our four-fold strategy of ministry on each field. Ask God to direct your path to possible service withOMS. We encourage you to claim God's promise...

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with my eye" ...Psalm 32:8


Articles of Faith

SCRIPTURE - The Bible is the fully and uniquely inspired, written Word of God. Without error in the original documents, it is our sufficient and final authority for faith and practice.

GOD - The one true and living God is the Creator, sovereign ruler and preserver of all things, whether visible or invisible.

JESUS CHRIST - Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune godhead. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, Jesus was fully God and fully man. His sinless life and death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. He arose bodily from the grave and is now enthroned at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

HOLY SPIRIT - The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune godhead, equal in substance with the Father and the Son, whose ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, convict the world of sin, regenerate those who repent and believe, sanctify and empower true believers for godly living and service.

MAN, FREE-WILL AND SIN - God created man in His own image with the ability to choose between right and wrong. By his free choice, Adam rebelled against God, fell from his original state and received a sinful nature that each succeeding generation has inherited. Through Jesus Christ, God freely offers grace to all mankind, enabling all who turn to Him to receive pardon and cleansing from sin.

ATONEMENT - Jesus Christ made a full payment for the sins of the whole world by shedding His own blood upon the cross as a perfect and sufficient sacrifice.

NEW BIRTH - When people respond to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and trust in Christ for salvation, they experience spiritual rebirths. The believer becomes a new creature in Jesus Christ and receives the Holy Spirit as his helper and witness.

FULLNESS OF THE SPIRIT - The fullness of the Spirit is a biblical term used to describe that work of grace in the heart of the believer subsequent to the new birth. This infilling of the Spirit is a definite experience of cleansing and empowering, which is referred to as sanctification. The progressive aspect of sanctification is that process of growth in Christian maturity, Christlikeness and practical godliness which result from walking obediently.

RESURRECTION, HEAVEN AND HELL - There will be a resurrection of the body for both the saved and unsaved dead. For those who are saved, they will be in the immediate presence of God. For those who are not saved, they will be cast into the lake of fire or hell.

THE CHURCH AND ITS UNITY - The Church is the universal body of Christ composed of all true believers in Christ, with Christ as its head. All true Christians are members of one another and should love one another, build each other up in the faith and obey Christ’s Great Commission by reaching the whole world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

For the complete version of our Statement of Faith, you can download the Adobe Acrobat PDF file.






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