October 12, 2020 | ATLANTA
For release: IMMEDIATE
Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Director of Communications
The Global Mission Fellows program of The United Methodist Church places young adults, ages 20–30, in social justice ministries for two years of service. The program offers the opportunity for service in the United States (US-2 track) and around the world (international track).
The application for the 2021-23 cohort of Global Mission Fellows on the US-2 track opened Monday, Oct. 12. The application for the Global Mission Fellows international track will be released at a later time, pending travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
The program allows participants to connect the church in mission while addressing the root causes of oppression and alleviating human suffering in their host communities. Fellows work alongside community organizations in a variety of areas including public health, migration/immigration, education and poverty.
The Global Mission Fellows program is open to those from different denominational backgrounds, but participants must be willing to represent The United Methodist Church and uphold its social principles during their time of service. The Wesleyan value of personal and social holiness is at the core of the program.
The United Methodist Church has been sending young adults to serve in short-term mission for almost 70 years. In the wake of World War II, programs were established to address global issues. An “Us too” appeal for young adults to invest in the healing of the United States emerged as well. The Women’s Division of the Methodist Board of Missions launched the US-2 program in 1951. As the program grew, it came under the oversight of Global Ministries and invited young men as well as women to serve. Today, over one hundred Global Mission Fellows are serving in the United States and countries around the world.
The fall application deadline is Nov. 30, 2020, and the spring application deadline is Feb. 24, 2021. Placement matches will be assigned throughout the selection process, so early application is encouraged. The application can be found at https://www.umcmission.org/serve-with-us/global-mission-fellows/become-a-global-mission-fellows.
Those selected for the next Global Mission Fellow US-2 cohort will begin training and service in August and September of 2021.
For more information regarding the program or application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Global Ministries is the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in 1819, Global Ministries today supports more than 300 missionaries in over 70 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects, and partners in 120 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting www.umcmission.org or by following www.facebook.com/GlobalMinistries and Twitter.com/UMCmission.