Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Types of Missionary Service

Learn more about the different ways you can serve as a missionary.

Click on the type of service to learn more about that specific missionary program.Then discover how you can become a missionary.

Looking for a short-term mission service? Check out these volunteer opportunities.

The opportunities listed below are also described in a downloadable pamphlet.

Length of Service     Location      
Missionaries Serving Around the World
 3 years
Global International missionaries serve in a variety of roles and ministries. They work with Methodist partners around the world including in areas ranging from water sanitation in Southeast Asia, congregational development in Central Africa, leadership development and student ministries in Eurasia, and professors in Latin America.


Church and Community Workers (CCW)
 Varies USA Church and Community Workers respond to God's call to serve in domestic placements in ministry with the poor and disenfranchised in a variety of contexts. They work in areas such as cooperative parishes, ethnic ministries, criminal justice ministries, congregational health ministries, immigration ministries, rural and urban ministries, and disaster response.


Individual Volunteers Program
2 months- 2 years
Global The Individual Volunteers program offers individuals and married couples, ages 18 and over, the opportunity to serve as mission volunteers for a period of two months to two years in US and international placement sites. Individual Volunteers serve in a variety of roles, including project managers, dorm parents, foreign language teachers, pastors, and community organizers.


Generation Transformation/Global Mission Fellows
24-25 months
Home country/ International
Global Ministries offers both domestic and international mission opportunities for young adults (ages 20-30). Participants explore the links between faith and social justice as they work and live with one of the hundreds of United Methodist-partnered, community-based organizations. They engage complex and critical community issues such as poverty, conflict resolution, peace with justice, economic development, rights of indigenous peoples, HIV/AIDS, migrants' rights, immigration, illiteracy, children at risk, substance abuse, racism, domestic violence, health care and community organizing. 


National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries (NPHLM) Terms of 3 years
 USA NPHLM missionaries serve as part of a coordinated effort between Annual Conferences in the United States and Global Ministries as they focus on developing and strengthening Hispanic/Latino ministries throughout the denomination.



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