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Young Adult Missionaries

Generation Transformation includes a variety of opportunities for young adults to serve others through Global Ministries. Programs such as Global Mission Fellows, Global Justice Volunteers, and Individual Volunteers give individuals between 18 and 30 years old opportunities to explore their call to ministry and service.

The Global Mission Fellows program is a leader­ship development and mission service opportunity that allows young adults age 20 through 30 to take part in mission and social justice ministries in both international and domestic contexts. The program, building upon Global Ministries’ historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs, is now open to young adults outside of the US to participate in mission service abroad and in their own home country.

Global Mission Fellows serving internationally participate in a 25-month cycle of service--approximately 23 months in an international setting followed by two months of integrating their experience into a domestic setting. Global Mission Fellows serving within their country engage in service for two years with United Methodist partner organizations. Applications for this program are due December 31.

The Global Justice Volunteers Program of the General Board of Global Ministries is a short-term service opportunity for young adults, ages 18 to 30. Participants are from all over the world and serve all over the world. Small teams of volunteers spend 10 weeks during the months of June through August exploring the links between faith and social justice as they work with local grassroots organizations. Volunteers work alongside their host community to address critical issues such as HIV and AIDS, poverty, human trafficking, and migrants’ rights. This program gives the volunteers the opportunity to develop new skills, to learn from local experts, and to channel their passion to help build just communities. In the video below, one Volunteer shares his experience in Hong Kong...

Get involved in mission during your vacation, required semester abroad or gap year. Put your faith into action while living in community with those you serve. The Individual Volunteer program offers individuals and couples the flexibility to volunteer for a period of two months to two years at placement sites all around the world, including the United States. Every effort is made to accommodate a volunteer’s placement choice. Raise your own funds, get trained, join with other volunteers, and be immersed in another culture.


If you have any questions, please contact Dee Stickley-Miner, Director of Connectional Mission and Justice at the West Ohio Conference, at dstickley [at] wocumc.org or 1-800-437-0028.