An effective leader will guide the congregation to spread the gospel message of God’s love through witness and service in the community and the world. This congregation will have a plan for mission service opportunities for all ages and all stages of faith so that people live as Christian disciples transforming the world.
Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job
- This leader benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: servanthood, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, compassion, faith, miracles, administration, helping, and evangelism.
- This leader should show evidence of passion for active service and helping others engage in ministry in the world.
- Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages, 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 mission, and ability to work with volunteers of various skill levels.
- This leader should show passion for responding to the hurts and needs of people in the congregation, community, and the world.
Responsibilities of the Position
- This leader will coordinate the planning and implementation of a comprehensive ministry for involving the congregation in mission.
- This leader will develop a year-round program of mission education for all ages, so the congregation will be better informed and strongly committed to supporting the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.
- This leader will be familiar with the overall goals of the congregation and how these goals influence mission programs and projects.
- The missions ministry team leader will link with organizations, people, and resources in and beyond the congregation that are concerned with mission.
- This leader will guide the congregation in worship and fellowship that highlights mission in events such as mission studies and speakers, observing World Communion Sunday, and regular opportunities for children, youth, and adults to engage in service projects.
- This leader will ensure that the congregation has every opportunity to share in financial giving for mission.
- Learn from people in your congregation, in the community, and in other congregations who have interests similar to yours. Learn about the lives of people in your community and especially ways that mission ministries can address community issues such as homelessness, hunger, environmental clean-up, eldercare, and so on.
- Soon after you are elected, convene a meeting of interested people to help you plan and carry out mission. Share the ministry with others by delegating projects to people in the church or community.
- Build a congregational culture of expectation that discipleship includes service and mission.
- Reach out to community groups, events, and programs that will enhance the congregational plan for mission. Collaborate with other congregations.
- Seek to identify gaps where your congregation can lead the way in making a positive difference in your community.
People and Agencies That Can Help
- People of all ages in your congregation, the community, and other congregations who share your interest in missions.
- InfoServ, the information service for the church, provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: infoserv.umc.org.
- General Board of Global Ministries, 1-800-UMC-GBGM or 1-800-862-4246; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.umcmission.org.
Web and Print Resources
- The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016 (Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 2016)
- Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus by Frank Rogers, Jr. (Upper Room Books, 2016)
- Growing Compassionate Kids: Helping Kids See Beyond Their Backyard by Jan Johnson (Upper Room Books, 2000)
- Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2017-2020: Mission (Cokesbury, 2016)
- Interpreter, www.interpretermagazine.org
- Let the Children Give: Time, Talents, Love, and Money by Delia Halverson (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2007)
- A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2005)
- A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2014)
- Mission: An Essential Guide by Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi (Abingdon Press, 2002)
- Mission Trips That Matter: Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World by Don C. Richter (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2008)
- Mutuality in Mission by Glory and Jacob Dharmaraj (available from www.amazon.com)
- New World Outlook magazine, www.umcmission.org/find-resources/new-world-outlook
- Not Just a One-Night Stand: Ministry with the Homeless by John Flowers and Karen Vannoy (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009)
- Prayers for Encouragement: Hope for Persons Living with HIV & AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Other Serious Diseases, Upper Room Books, 2007 (available in English, French, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese)
- Transforming Ventures: A Spiritual Guide for Volunteers in Mission by Jane Ives (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 2000)
- World Communion Sunday Resources, www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/world-communion-sunday
- Yours Are the Hands of Christ: The Practice of Faith by James C. Howell (Nashville: Upper Room Books, 1998)