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?

Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries assigned to evangelism and church planting in Côte D’Ivoire. Pictured here with 2 members of the community.
Mission Minute: Jean Claude Masuka Maleka
Global Ministries missionary assigned to evangelism and church planting in Côte D’Ivoire shares his thoughts on mission.
Rachel and Dan Gabler are missionaries currently living in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo where Dan works with the church’s aviation ministry, and Rachel works in Christian education.
Mission Minute: Rachel and Dan Gabler
Spending nearly all of their lives in some form of mission, Rachel and Dan truly understand mission to be their calling.
Hong Duk Kim Mission Minute
Mission Minute: Hong Duk Kim
Missionary Hong Duk Kim shares his thoughts on mission.
The Rev. Claudia Genung Yamamoto is a missionary with The General Board of Global Ministries assigned to ministries of church development and community outreach in Kobe, Japan.
Mission Minute: Claudia Genung Yamamoto
In a recent visit to Global Ministries in New York, we asked Genung to share her views of mission.
Rukang and Fresie with children outside in the DRC.
Mission Minute: Rukang and Fresie Chikomb
On a recent visit to New York, Rukang and Fresie Chikomb shared their views of mission.
Larry and Kristen Schmitz for Mission Minute interview
Mission Minute: Larry and Kristen Schmitz
Larry and Kristen Schmitz, teachers and missionaries serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo, share their thoughts on mission.
Missionaries Juan Guerrero and Alexandra Castro work closely with church staff to envision what mission can be in Honduras.
Mission Minute: Juan Guerrero and Alexandra Castro
Missionaries Juan Guerrero and Alexandra Castro work closely with church staff to envision what mission can be in Honduras.


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.
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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.