Advance # 13105Z
Providing salary support for the Global Ministries' missionary community
||General Board of Global Ministries
||North America, United States, New York, New York City
Background / History
The US-2 young adult missionary program was established in 1951 by the Women's Division of Christian Service, one of the precursors of United Methodist Women. US-2 originally stood for "us too," a 2-year term program of mission service in the United States. The program was only open to women when it began.
The Mission Intern program began in 1977 and was developed by the former World Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. The program began with 20 US college graduates recruited through campus ministry and seminary networks. The mission interns were trained for 3 months and then assigned to 15 months of "work-study" with United Methodist and ecumenical mission partners overseas in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. This was then followed by a year of service in the United States with United Methodist and ecumenical agencies that worked in international affairs.
Goals & Objectives
A) To develop young adults as leaders within the church.
B) To provide opportunities for young adults to understand systems of oppression and how a person of faith is called to respond.
C) To assist young adults in exploring possible vocations, especially those related to ministry, mission, or social change.
D) To work in and learn from traditionally marginalized communities in cross-cultural settings.
E) To engage in faith based action for justice and disciplined theological reflection in order to better integrate social justice into Christian faith.
The Young Adult Mission Service programs currently send out a new commissioned class of young adults annually, to serve in ministries committed to social change. There is a training session before the young adult arrives at their placement site, as well as midterm and end term events. These events contain sessions that guide the young adults in unpacking their experience and processing where they are being called.
The staff of the General Board of Global Ministries continues to investigate further development of the existing young adult programs so they continue to be relevant within the United Methodist Church, and the changing world.
The Mission Intern will serve as a full time missionary. The presence of the Mission Intern will allow the ministry at the placement site to expand its ministry or enhance its current ministry.
Overtime the position the Mission Intern filled would become self sustaining, providing an employment opportunity for a community member.
(a.) Creating an alumni community to track the young adult's participation in ministry
(b.) Maintaining open communication with the past classes
(c.) Evaluations of overall experience in the program, possible evaluations five to ten years removed from the program
(d.) Vocational sessions at mid term and end term events
(e.) Refining placement sites during missionary service
(f.) Gathering of stories and reflections of current and past young adult missionaries
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|Fundraising from each young adult @ $2500/year
|Health Insurance and Wellness
|Travel and Relocation
- Advocacy, Organizing, Grassroots, Campaigns, Networking
- Asian Descent
- Black/African Descent
- Child Labor
- Church and Mission Leaders
- Disabled/Handicapped and Special Needs
- Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries
- Elderly/Older Adults/Aged/Senior Citizens
- Fair Trade Policies and Products
- Food and Water Distribution
- Health & Nutrition Education, Hygiene, Nursing, Drugs, Diseases, Natural Medicines, Infant Mortality
- Health Care Workers and Volunteers
- Hispanic or Latino
- Human Rights
- Humanitarian, United Nations
- Law, Legal Aid, Legislation, Public Policy
- Leadership Development and Education
- Mission Initiatives
- Native and Indigenous Groups
- Other Racial or Ethnic Groups
- Peace, Nonviolence, Conflict Resolution
- Persons Experiencing Addiction
- Persons Experiencing Homelessness
- Persons In Prison, Incarcerated
- Persons Who Are Hospitalized, Sick, Patients
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Poverty Issues/Economic Justice
- Racial Justice
- Religious Minorities
- Rural Evangelism and Church Growth
- Rural Health
- Rural Populations
- Sex-Trafficking, Human-Trafficking
- Social Justice
- Substance Abuse, Addiction, Drugs
- United States
- Urban Poverty
- Urban/Inner City Evangelism and Church Growth
- Urban/Inner City Health
- Urban/Inner City Populations
- Victims/Survivors of Abuse, Violence, and War
- War, Interreligious Conflict
- Youth and Young Adults
Global Ministries Contact
Global Ministries Program Area