Training, commissioning, assigning and supporting missionaries in the United States and around the world have been at the heart of mission since the founding of the first denominational Methodist missionary society in 1819. 

Today, United Methodist missionaries serve in about 60 different countries in many types of professional careers, including as pastors, evangelists and church coordinators; teachers and educators; doctors, nurses and other health workers; agriculturists; development specialists; community organizers and peacebuilders.

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ARK staff meet over lunch. PHOTO: PATRICK BOOTH
Global Missionaries

Deepen relationships with partners and commitment to God’s mission in long-term, cross-cultural contexts.

Katie Peterson, Church and Community Worker at Eastbrook Mission Barn in New Castle, Pennsylvania, puts her construction skills to work.
U.S. Missionaries

Bridge church and community in mission within disenfranchised communities in the United States.

global missions fellows class
Young Adults

Connect faith and action by engaging in community and growing in social and personal holiness through service around the world.

Volunteers of the Teresina Methodist Church in Brazil conduct a weekly program with children from Jerusalem. Photo: Project New Jerusalem.
Mission Volunteers

Engage in short-to-mid-term partnerships with communities around the world, striving to embody mutuality in mission. 

Discerning your call to mission

Through Global Ministries, individuals, couples and families of all ages and from all regions of the world have responded to join in God’s mission as missionaries. 

Learn about the joys and challenges of missionaries serving around the world each month through episodes of #stillinmission
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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.

Missionary plants, tends, teaches and so much more

Edmond Makowa, agriculture missionary assigned to the East Congo Episcopal Area, integrates asset-based community development in all aspects of his work.

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