New York, New York, January 19, 2007—There is still time to apply for the next classes of young adult missionaries in The United Methodist Church. Assignments will begin in the Fall of 2007.
Two opportunities are available; one a two-year program in the United States and the other a three year opportunity, half in an international setting and half in the US. Both are open to young adults aged 20-30 who are called mission service through social justice and have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent life experience. Participants in both become commissioned missionaries of the Church.
The 55 year-old US-2 program places young adults in many settings where the Church is making a social justice witness. The young people receive all living expenses and a small stipend. Hundreds of United Methodist leaders have begun their professional careers as US-2s.
The three-year Mission Intern Program begins with an international assignment that runs approximately 18 months. The interns then serve another period of similar length in a US-based assignment. Living expenses and small stipends are provided by the General Board of Global Ministries.
The young adult mission service classes are usually commissioned in the late summer. The deadline for application is fast approaching on February 1, 2007. Interest can be registered by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Lauren Green, coordinator of the programs, telephone 212-870-3660, or, fax 212-870-3774. Additional information for both programs can be found online at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/about/us/mp/missionaries/youngadults/.
US-2 missionaries may serve in community centers, congregations, educational institutions, or social service agencies. Their ministries always deal in some respect with social justice. Assignments can range from Alaska to Florida, Southern California to New England.
The Mission Intern Program is thoroughly international. Recent assignments have included Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Israel/Palestine. The domestic opportunities range across the United States.