Global Mission Fellows is a program of The United Methodist Church that sends young adults between the ages of 20-30, out of their home context for two years of mission service. This is a faith- and justice-centered program that grew out of the historic US-2 and Mission Intern programs. In keeping with the program’s three core values, Global Mission Fellows aim to:
- ENGAGE with local communities
- CONNECT the church in mission
- GROW in personal and social holiness.
This program develops strong young leaders who are committed to building just communities and a peaceful world.
The types of service include:
Advocacy; Children/Youth; Collegiate Ministry; Construction; Community; Development; Community Organizing; Congregational Development; Criminal Justice; Domestic Violence; Education; Educational Research; Environmental Justice; Gender Justice; Global Health; Health Education; HIV/AIDS; Homelessness; Hunger; Leadership Development; Malaria; Microcredit; Migration; Ministry with the Poor; Poverty; Prison Ministry; Social Justice; Sustainable Agriculture; Trafficking; and Workers’ Rights.
Two due-date cycles. Applications for the first cycle are due November 15, and applications for the second cycle are due January 15.
2 years, which for international placements includes 1.5 months of training and transition, 20 months of service, 3.5 months transition, itineration, and project-oriented reintegration.
Many domestic and international locations. (See below)
Funding & Benefits
Stipend: Approx. $600 a month
Fundraising: Fellows are expected to raise $2,500 the first year and $3,500 the second (or the equivalent).
AmeriCorps Education Awards: N/A
Loan Forbearance: Because this is a graduate fellowship program, many young adult missionaries defer their student loans until after their term of service is completed. Federally guaranteed student loans can typically be deferred. Private loans may vary, so check with your university and/or lending institution. If you are eligible for loan deferment, make sure to obtain and fill out the appropriate forms.
Other financial benefits
- End-of service-award of $1,500 USD or equivalent.
- Funds to itinerate at churches
- Relocation cost
Intentional living community: Living in intentional community respectfully, following house rules.
Travel and Transportation: Local transportation provided
Health Insurance: Accident insurance provided
Mission & Distinctives
Global Mission Fellows engage with local communities. They are called to do ministry with-not to or for-their local partners. Fellows serve alongside churches, community groups, and individuals to address the priorities of people in the community they are serving. They discover ways in which God is already at work. Fellows live simply. As learners and co-laborers, they commit to having the same standard of living as their local partners. Simple living is an act of solidarity and humility. It also allows Fellows to witness systemic injustice. Fellows embrace interdependence and become a daily presence in people’s lives.
Global Mission Fellows connect the church in mission. They tell stories in local churches about their experiences of God’s gracious love. They advocate for social change, and testify about hope in the face of injustice. Fellows invite churches to participate in mission projects through prayer, financial support, emotional care, and common action. Connecting the local church with the global church is one significant way young adults are making disciples for the transformation of the world.
Global Mission Fellows grow in personal and social holiness. John Wesley, our Methodist founder, used the terms “personal holiness” and “social holiness” to describe our inward growth in the love of God and neighbor, which in turn leads to outward works of love. Through service and contemplation, Fellows grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus’ example, they show compassion through presence, word, and deed. They understand, as did John Wesley, that transformation happens when the inner and outer life are aligned in right relationship with God, oneself, others, and creation.
Fellows join local initiatives to break the chains of injustice and alleviate human suffering (Isaiah 58:6-7). Recognizing marginalized peoples’ prophetic role, Fellows accompany them in building just communities. They follow the call to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God,” (Micah 6:8).
- Between 20 and 30 years old by Dec. 31st of the year when service begins
- Pass a background check
- Obtain the necessary work permits
- Commit to two years of service
- Have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent life experience).
Global Mission Fellows is a program of the United Methodist Church. It is open to every denominational background but Fellows must be willing to represent the United Methodist Church and uphold its Social Principles. The Wesleyan value of personal and social holiness is at the core of this program.
You can see some of the possible placements by clicking here to view the current Fellows.
Religious Affiliation: United Methodist Church