A National in Mission grant opened an opportunity for a Colombian church worker to focus on human rights work with Centro Ecuménico Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC). (Photo: Hannah Reasoner)

Missional Connections

Global Ministries creates and sustains relationships with United Methodist and ecumenical partners around the world to develop and deepen mission programs and connections.

Missional Connections provides Global Ministries with a broad understanding of the global regions in which The United Methodist Church is engaged and is familiar with the cultural, social and historical context within specific regions.

An ongoing area of work for Missional Connections is helping to identify potential places of assignment for missionaries and, in turn, helping facilitate those placements and supervise missionaries in their places of assignment.

Global Ministries is committed to helping partners develop their capacities in leadership, self-sustainability, innovative ministry, strategic planning and other opportunities, depending on the local context. It seeks to resource partners with information, tools, expertise and grants.

Specific programs within Missional Connections include Nationals in Mission and In Mission Together. Training and assistance to support mission roundtables – a communication method that brings all parties to a common table, providing a space for equal voice, representation and general collaboration – are available when the need arises.

Nationals in Mission (NIM)

Nationals in Mission grants provide salary support for qualified Christian workers engaged in innovative and essential ministries needed by their home conferences and communities. NIM grants provide salary support for up to five years, renewable annually as local contributions increase.

In Mission Together (IMT)

In Mission Together is a U.S.-based partnership network available to U.S. conferences that desire to engage in or develop partnerships with United Methodists in other parts of the world. IMT equips conferences and mission partners by offering a partnership coordinator who helps organize gatherings and facilitates covenants between conferences and mission partners.

Institute for Multicultural Ministry (IMM)

IMM provides meaningful and impactful theological education, missiological training, and cross-cultural engagement to congregational leaders in multicultural ministry settings. Pastors and lay leaders from a wide range of cultures serving across Europe and North America have completed the Institute and are now serving more effectively in their local ministries.

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