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Global Missionaries

Missionaries are a tangible connection between the church and God’s mission.

Through denominational or ecumenical ministries, missionaries bear witness to God’s presence all around the world as pastors and evangelists, doctors and nurses, and teachers and social workers. They are called by God and sent out to serve by the church, usually placed in a new cultural context beyond their country of origin. United Methodist missionaries serve anywhere from three years to three decades.

Missionaries engage in ministry that is defined by mutuality and partnership, seeking to expand the mission of God already present and active in people and places.

Become a missionary

Do you feel called to serve as a missionary?

Becoming a Global Ministries missionary involves several steps, from discernment to being commissioned for service. Applicants must meet several basic requirements, including being a professing Christian, having the appropriate education and experience for the position and, most importantly, embodying a willingness to serve.

Those wishing to serve as missionaries through Global Ministries must meet some basic requirements to apply. These include being a professing Christian, the appropriate education and experience for the position, and most importantly, a willingness to serve. Becoming a Global Ministries missionary involves several steps, from discernment to commissioning. Learn more about our requirements and application process below.

Covenant with a missionary

Covenant Partner Relationships provide an opportunity for missionaries and churches or individuals to support one another spiritually, emotionally and financially. By covenanting together, both the missionary and church or individual deepen their experience of God’s mission.

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Korean UMC churches announce deeper support for missionary service

More than 140 Global Ministries missionaries will receive monthly financial support for their ministries around the world with the help of Korean churches in the U.S.

Finding their mission – following where God leads

The 16 missionaries being commissioned at General Conference this week represent a broad spectrum of missionaries, what they do and where they serve.

With God, all things are possible

A Christian school, a church, a preschool and a mission center, all built during COVID-19 shut-downs, thrive today in Tanzania.