Within the United States, missionaries serve across the country in many settings and in various roles.
The two types of U.S. missionaries are Church and Community Workers (CCWs) and Racial Ethnic Plan (REP) missionaries. Also, through the Global Mission Fellows program, young adults also serve as missionaries within the U.S. for two-year terms.
Church and Community Workers
Church and Community Workers (CCWs) are commissioned missionaries of Global Ministries who serve within disenfranchised communities in the United States. The program was founded in 1885 by women of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
CCWs take the church into the community and bring the community into the church, equipping churches and communities to work together to address deep-rooted issues that cause human suffering. CCWs work in substance and domestic abuse prevention, outreach among immigrant communities and students, coordination of volunteers in mission, and with programs for children, youth and women.
CCW placement is a partnership between Global Ministries, the annual conference, the project and the Church and Community worker. Support is shared between Global Ministries and the conference or project to which the CCW is assigned. CCWs normally serve for six to nine years.
Become a Church and Community Worker
The application to serve as a Church and Community Worker is open year-round. New placements are currently available.
Partner with a Church and Community Worker
Request that a CCW be placed at a project within your conference.
For more information, contact CCM@umcmission.org
Racial Ethnic Plan (REP) missionaries
REP missionaries embrace and seek to further cultivate the cultural richness found within Methodist communities. They strive for a diverse and dynamic church, serving in a variety of settings to reach racial-ethnic communities in the United States.
Supporting the goals of a particular Racial Ethnic Ministry Plan and in partnership with an annual conference and Global Ministries, REP missionaries develop and revitalize local racial-ethnic congregations, strengthen community resources and empower leaders for the future.
In addition to direct engagement with racial-ethnic ministries, REP missionaries provide support for migrants, access to education and strategic community development within the communities they serve.
Become a Racial Ethnic Plan missionary
An Ash Wednesday reflection from missionary Lisa Nichols, a Church and Community Worker and executive director of the Jubilee Project in Hancock County, Tennessee.
By God’s grace, I have settled into my new position as Community Outreach Coordinator with Gulfside Assembly of Waveland, Mississippi, and I absolutely love it. I am surrounded by the best of the best who have helped with my transition.