Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

World Communion Scholarship
Leadership Development Program

The Global Ministries scholarship program intentionally facilitates the educational preparation and training of mission partners from around the world whose subsequent work will have the most direct and positive impact on the communities from which they come.

World Communion Scholarships (Advance #982161)

(Formerly known as Crusade Scholarships)

  • The World Communion Scholarship Program, the premier scholarship of The United Methodist Church, supports United Methodist students and students who are directly related to Global Ministries mission partners so that they may carry out their master’s or doctoral studies at universities or seminaries.
  • The program supports students from outside of the US (World Communion International Scholarship) or from communities of color from within the US (World Communion National Scholarship).
  • Candidates should have the probability of offering 5 years of service to their churches and/or communities after graduation.

For more information on how to apply, please contact us by email or by phone. Thank you.

Contact Us

Scholarship/Leadership Development Office
475 Riverside Drive, Room #1479
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212-870-3787
Fax: 212-870-3654
Email: scholars@umcmission.org

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World Communion Sunday

October 4, 2015

Communion Cup
World Communion Sunday is observed on the first Sunday of October. Fifty percent of the giving in United Methodist churches will benefit World Communion Scholars.

Learn more about the Sunday and how to give to these scholarship funds.

Worship Resources


Worship ideas, liturgies, and more from Global Praise



World Communion Sunday from Global Ministries on Vimeo.

Goals of the Leadership Development Program

  • Seek: Work directly with our partners across the globe to identify and lift up constituents – especially women, young people, and the most marginalized – who have the potential to develop their skills with respect to the program areas and in accord with the priorities of their own contexts.
  • Select: Support participants whose future work will make the biggest possible difference in the spiritual and physical well-being and development of the communities. At the same time, create and guard a space for young people who show that spark of great potential.
  • Mentor: Develop and maintain a connection with our students as we walk together in mission – even from our own distinct locations across the globe. Encourage the kind of communication that will enhance the students’ growth and connection to mission.
  • Connect: Understand that the relationship is a long-term connection in mission, as the most important work begins when the students complete their studies.