Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Global Mission Fellows: Young People in Ministry With…

Joy Kitanga*

Whether participating in a program to raise awareness of social issues, networking with others around the world, volunteering in a clinic, or dedicating their lives to long-term missionary service, young people transform their communities.

ENGAGE with local communities

Global Mission Fellows engage with local communities. They are called to do ministry with their local partners and not for or to. As learners and co-laborers, they commit to having the same standard of living as their local partners. Simple living is an act of solidarity and humility.

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  Christian Love, GMF, with children in Philippines.
  Photo by Christian Love


CONNECT the church in mission


Global Mission Fellows connect the church in mission. They tell stories in local churches about their experiences of God’s gracious love. They advocate for social change and testify about hope in the face of injustice.

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Katie Davis, GMF, Photo by Katie Davis

GROW in personal and social holiness.

Global Mission Fellows grow in personal and social holiness. John Wesley, our Methodist founder, used the terms “personal holiness” and “social holiness” to describe our inward growth in the love of God and neighbor, which in turn, leads to outward works of love. Through service and contemplation, Global Mission Fellows grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus’ example, they show compassion to all through presence, word, and deed.

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Becky Dean, GMF 2013 , with children in Ecuador.  Photo by Paul Jeffrey 


To learn more about becoming a Global Mission Fellow visit us on Generation Transformation 
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*Joy Kitanga is Program Area Liaison for the General Board of Global Ministries