Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Mission Minute

As part of a series, we are asking guests at Global Ministries offices in NYC to share their definition of mission. We ask each guest two questions:  “What is mission?” and “Why is mission necessary?”

The visitors come from throughout the global connection. So far, we’ve spoken with young adult missionaries, retired and active bishops, global missionaries, church executives, a mission finance officer, and a child of two missionaries. While their answers vary, they commonly refer to the idea of mission as a “calling” to be in service with others.

Laura Wise, a mission intern serving as a mission communicator with Global Ministries, has conducted most of the interviews.  

What is Mission?

Cindy and Gary Moon Mission Minute portrait for Oct 2014
Mission Minute: Gary and Cindy Moon
Gary and Cindy Moon are missionaries from Los Angeles, CA who were born in Korea and since 2009 have served with the Thailand Mission Initiative.
Nkemba and Mbwizu Ndjung portrait for Mission Minute
Mission Minute: Nkemba and Mbwizu Ndjungu
Rev. Nkemba, Mission Superintendent of the Cameroon Mission of the Board of Global Ministries, shares his thoughts on mission.
Andrew Donaldson Mission Minute
Mission Minute: Andrew Donaldson
Dr. Andrew Donaldson, a worship consultant to the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, shares his thoughts on mission.
Yoshi Fujimori is the Assistant Program Director for the Wesley Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.
Mission Minute: Yoshi Fujimori
Yoshi Fujimori, Assistant Program Director for the Wesley Foundation in Tokyo, Japan, defines the meaning of mission.
Reverand Priscilla Legay Jaiah is serving as a missionary in her home country of Liberia
Mission Minute: Priscilla Legay Jaiah
A missionary in her home country of Liberia and Principle of the United Methodist School in Ganta shares her thoughts on mission.
Dr. Dora Canales Nuñez
Mission Minute: Dr. Dora Canales Nuñez
In a recent visit to Global Ministries’ headquarters in New York City, Nuñez shared her perspectives on mission.
Helen De Leon Camarce is a missionary currently serving as treasurer  for the Cambodia and Southeast Asia Mission.
Mission Minute: Helen De Leon Camarce
Helen De Leon Camarce, a missionary currently serving as treasurer for the Cambodia and Southeast Asia Mission, defines the nature of mission.

Mission is...

God’s desire to see all of creation redeemed and restored to His original design.
the church’s effort to relate people to church. 
where God places you at any given point in time.
Sharing ideas and learning from one another about what works and where God is calling us to be as a community.
what we as Christians, all of us, not just the commissioned missionaries are called to do.

What is your definition of mission?

Theology of Mission

The Mission Theology statement guides Global Ministries’ participation in the Missio Dei. The statement frames Global Ministries’ role within the denominational mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Read the Theology of Mission.