United Methodist Connection
Global Mission Fellows is a program of The United Methodist Church. It is open to every denominational background but Fellows must be willing to represent The United Methodist Church and uphold its Social Principles. The Wesleyan value of personal and social holiness is at the core of this program.
Global Mission Fellows are commissioned and set by Global Ministries, the mission agency of The United Methodist Church.
Global Mission Fellows engage with local communities. They are called to do ministry with-not to or for-their local partners. Fellows serve alongside churches, community groups, and individuals to address the priorities of people in the community they are serving. They discover ways in which God is already at work. Fellows live simply. 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. It also allows Fellows to witness systemic injustice. Fellows embrace interdependence and become a daily presence in people's lives.
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. Fellows invite churches to participate in mission projects through prayer, financial support, emotional care, and common action. Connecting the local church with the global church is one significant way young adults are making disciples for the transformation of the world.
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, Fellows grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus’ example, they show compassion through presence, word, and deed. They understand, as did John Wesley, that transformation happens when the inner and outer life are aligned in right relationship with God, oneself, others, and creation.
Fellows join local initiatives to break the chains of injustice and alleviate human suffering (Isaiah 58:6-7). Recognizing marginalized peoples’ prophetic role, Fellows accompany them in building just communities. They follow the call to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God,” (Micah 6:8).