For Baha’is, service to others gives life meaning and purpose. Any work or profession carried out in a spirit of service to humanity is considered the highest form of worship. Educating one's children and caring for one's family also are considered laudable forms of service and worship.
In addition to these personal forms of service, the Baha'i community undertakes collective service projects in accordance with priorities and goals set by the Universal House of Justice. Such acts of service may include tutoring adult study circles, teaching children’s classes, mentoring youth groups and hosting devotional programs. Baha'is are also involved in a wide variety of social and economic development projects to uplift the material and spiritual well-being of humanity.
Many Baha'i youth spend a year or two after high school or during their college years in service to the Baha'i Faith, although they are not required to do so. Baha'is may choose from many service opportunities in community development, education and other forms of social service in the United States and abroad. Before undertaking a service commitment, an individual is encouraged to pray about it and consult with one’s family and Local Spiritual Assembly.
Another avenue for Baha'is to teach the Baha’i Faith is to move to another country or community as a "pioneer.” Baha’i pioneering differs from traditional missionary work in that those undertaking it are expected to pursue their own careers, be self-supporting and integrate themselves into their adopted communities.
- Violet Clark brought global vision to service in the Faith
- Tributes in brief: R Portillo, Y Mostaghim, P Stern, W Johnson, A Schurgast, E Varjavandi, F Otey, P Adlparvar, R Borah, G Sen
- Channing Snyder championed sustainable farming, served in Finland
- Sisters gain bounty from French Guiana service
- Peruvian friends reunite for prayer, music, service
- Making a difference in a few months in the Solomon Islands
- Charles Hornby served in South America, assisted with Lights of Guidance
- Amin Jazab helped develop the Faith in central Africa
- Baha'is who wish to offer service abroad may contact the Office of International Pioneering by phone: 847-733-3400 or email: pioneer (at) usbnc.org. More information is available on the U.S. Baha'i administrative website (log-in required with U.S. Baha'i ID number.)
“Service to humanity is service to God.”— 'Abdu'l-Baha
“Confirm us in service to the world of humanity so that we may become the servants of Thy servants, that we may love all Thy creatures and become compassionate to all Thy people.”— `Abdu’l-Bahá