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. 

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

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Hope rooted in justice and peace

Missionary Joy Eva Bohol advocates for increased voice and vote in church and society for youth and young adults around the world, and particularly for Indigenous youth who walk a fine line between cultural traditions and professional aspirations.

New class of Global Mission Fellows commissioned in Mozambique

Eighteen Global Mission Fellows (GMF) were sent forth by The United Methodist Church for two years of mission service.

Death of Global Missionary, Innocent P. Afful

Death of Innocent P. Afful, a missionary from Ghana serving in Kinshasa, DRC, is an unexpected loss for his family, Global Ministries and the community he served.