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The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations.
Global Ministries has personnel, programs, and mission partners in 136 countries. It facilitates international and domestic mission, including missionary service.
Global Ministries is committed to connecting the church in mission. Sending missionaries—including young adults—from everywhere to everywhere; partnering and engaging with volunteers; evangelizing and church planting through mission initiatives; addressing diseases of poverty and global health; and responding to natural and civil disasters remain essential functions of the global church if we are to grow and be a vital presence for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The Advance for Christ and His Church (“The Advance”) is the accountable, designated mission giving arm of The United Methodist Church that ensures 100 percent of each gift is used for its intended mission or ministry.
For over 60 years, The Advance has been the official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Gifts through The Advance allow local churches to extend their reach into the world.
New churches are being planted in new places through Global Ministries’ mission initiatives in Cambodia, Cameroon, Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan), Honduras, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Mongolia, Russia, Senegal, and Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam).
Global Ministries is working in collaboration with church leaders across the world. These Mission Initiatives are unique in many ways, but mostly because they are places where The United Methodist Church is new to the population. Local churches can be a part of this movement by supporting and learning from these vibrant congregations through a church-to-church partnership with the In Mission Together program.
The In Mission Together program facilitates church planting abroad by developing partnerships with local congregations in the US. A 50/50 partnership covenant is created between the two churches, which fosters mutuality and respect for each other. This is important because both will be transformed and energized by this faith-building experience.
Recognizing the critical role of volunteers in responding to disasters, UMCOR and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), working as a team through the global United Methodist Church, have developed strategies to provide the most effective and rewarding experience for those whose volunteer ministry can provide critical labor that survivors will need for repairs and rebuilding.
UMCOR provides training for the earliest volunteers invited into the impacted conference to prepare them for their helping role, and to inform them of what to expect and how to be the presence of Christ for those who have been devastated by disaster. UMVIM networks with annual conferences to assure that volunteers know when they may deploy and where they will be most effective.
Sharing the goal to protect and assist hurting communities, UMCOR training and UMVIM deployment reassure everyone that United Methodist volunteers will be skilled in providing help and will maximize the best resource survivors can have— caring, Christian volunteers.
When a person has discerned that s/he is called to be a missionary, Global Ministries begins the cultivation process. Missionaries are commissioned after satisfactorily completing a period of orientation and training. The commissioning service is a ceremony of celebration and sending forth, which acknowledges the missional intent and affirms the calling of the person(s) being commissioned to engage in proclamation (by word and deed) of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Read more about the steps to becoming a missionary.