What is my job?
- Lead the congregation's service and mission opportunities
- Help people understand that active service and support of mission contribute to the mission of the church: making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world
- Plan mission and service opportunities for people of all ages and all stages of faith
Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications
Spiritual gifts: servanthood, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, compassion, faith, miracles, administration, helping, and evangelism.
Experience, skills: Show genuine interest in mission and outreach in the community and the world, openness to new views and different people, creativity in developing ways to interpret and support missions, ability to work with volunteers of various skill levels, and ability to communicate and network with people to reach goals.
What does this leader do?
- Maintain a growing and healthy spiritual life and lead others to do the same.
- Coordinate the planning and implementation of a comprehensive, year-round mission ministry for all ages in your congregation.
- Lead the congregation to understand mission and service in the Christian life.
- Link people with organizations and resources that are concerned with mission.
- Connect mission projects with the overall goals of the congregation, and develop new emphasis to carry out the goals of the congregation.
- Connect the congregation with mission and service through worship celebrations, fellowship opportunities, mission studies, guest speakers, and witness and testimony of participants to highlight missions, in events like mission studies and speakers and regular opportunities for children, youth, and adults to engage in service projects.
- Lead the congregation to take advantage of every opportunity to share in financial giving for missions.
- Lead the missions ministry team, including planning agendas, presiding over meetings, managing the annual mission budget, and communication on mission ministry to the congregation.
Where can I get help?
- Learn from people in your congregation, in the community and other congregations about the lives of people in your community and their needs. Identify needs which are already served and places where there are gaps which your mission outreach might serve.
- Convene the mission team or find individuals who share your interest to evaluate the current overall program of mission, outreach and service and begin to plan future mission.
- Set aside time for personal spiritual practices to build your attentiveness to God’s direction for your leadership and your congregation’s mission work. Focus on a comprehensive mission program can shift any leader’s attention away from the purpose of forming Christian disciples.
People and Agencies
- Your pastor and active lay people in the congregation and in the community who are interested in mission.
- InfoServ, infoserv.umc.org, answers questions and provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services.
- General Board of Global Ministries, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 for information about missionaries, national and global missions, UMCOR
- United Methodist Communications: Rethink Church: Change the World Day
Web and Print
- A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers
- A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson
- The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012
- Growing Compassionate Kids by Jan Johnson
- Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016: Mission
- Interpreter magazine for church leaders – Available in Spanish
- Job Descriptions and Leadership Training for the United Methodist Church 2013-2016 by Betsey Heavner
- Let the Children Give: Time, Talents, Love and Money by Delia Halverson
- Mission studies; changing topics for all ages
- Mission Trips That Matter by Don C. Richter
- Not Just A One-Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy
- Prayers for Encouragement: Hope for Persons Living with HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculois, and Other Serious Diseases
- Yours are the Hands of Christ: The Practice of Faith by James C. Howell