Mission/Outreach Connections


All mission experiences are different and contextual, so what one group finds fruitful in mission may not be experienced the same as another. With that in mind, what follows are resources for mission trips; some highlighted UMC connected mission/service opportunities to consider for summer, winter break, or spring break mission trips or workcamps; and a link for the listing of United Methodist Volunteer in Ministry (UMVIM) trips for youth.


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GRANTS/FUNDING ASSISTANCE

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HIGHLIGHTED MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

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Connect with the missions below and many other United Methodist Missions on Facebook at the page.

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Youthworks and the UMC Division on Ministries with Young People
– Nashville, TN

Connect with other UMC youth from around the country in this week long mission experience in Nashville. There are Jr. and Sr. High options. There are preliminary plans to repeat this missions in 2011. http://www.youthworks.com/

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Awaken the City – Cincinnati, OH
A year-round ministry of Hyde Park UMC, the purpose of this mission is to equip, inspire and mobilize generations to seek transformation in the urban core of Cincinnati by uniting the gifts of the church with the needs of the city. Six summer weeks are available for mission groups. www.awakenthecity.org

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Kokomo Urban Outreach – Kokomo, IN
This year round ministry works with 10 under-resourced neighborhoods thoughout the city of Kokomo, called “Neighborhoods of Hope”. Summer missions here are a great opportunity to learn and serve, and year round mission experiences include learning about poverty and serving meals. www.kokomourbanoutreach.org

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Hinton Rural Life Center Hayesville, NC
In rural western North Carolina, this UMC project assists local residents. The staff is amazing, the retreat center where you stay is fantastic, and the center works with residents year round in ongoing relationships. They offer both Sr. High and All-Age-In-Mission options. http://web.me.com/julia.buckner/Volunteer2010/Volunteer_Home.html

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Motown Mission Experience – Detroit, MI
This UMC project offers workcamps/mission opportunities throughout the summer, and next July 11-17 they are hosting the North Central Jurisdiction Division on Ministries With Young People Mission Week. During that week UMC youth from Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota and the Dakotas will gather for mission. www.motownmission.org

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Alabama Rural Ministry – Sumpter County and Tuskegee, AL
This UMC project provides mission experiences in rural Alabama. They strive to provide a mission experience that allows teams to develop relationships, to challenge and build upon their relationship with Christ, and to meet the needs in the community of service. www.al-arm.org

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Appalchia Service Project – Johnson City, TN

The Appalachia Service Project brings thousands of volunteers in each year to repair homes in rural Central Applachia, with a goal of making homes “warmer, safer, and drier” for needy families.  With years of experience with visiting youth groups, the project provides resources to help you plan your entire mission trip. www.asphome.org

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Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) – Middle Tennessee

Mountain T.O.P seeks to bring to the mountain area of Applachia something it desperately needs:  a sense of hope.  Through the service of youth and adults, the lives of the people of the Cumberland Plateau are forever changed.  Projects provide major and minor home repairs and include positive day camp experiences. www.mountain-top.org

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DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) – Chicago, Miami, San Antonio, Atlanta, Hollywood, Denver

DOOR is a faith-based network of six cities that provides opportunities for service, learning, and leadership development within the urban context.  Program offerings include weekend service experiences, summer mission camps, and year long internships for students. www.doornetwork.org

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MISSION: ACADEMY – Nassau, Bahamas, and locations around the U.S.

Mission Academy directs mission trips throughout the United States.  Partnering with the Youth Worker Movement of the UMC, they offer summer mission experiences with other United Methodist Youth in the Bahamas. www.themissionacademy.com

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Confrontation Point Ministries – Kentucky and Tennessee

Summer and spring break mission trips designed to do real service, build your group as a community, and challenge participants to grow spiritually and as leaders.  At least two staff will be with your group helping work toward these goals.  Outdoor adventure incorporated into every trip. www.ConfrontationPoint.org

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UNITED METHODIST VOLUNTEERS-IN-MISSION

UMVIM website, click here .
UMVIM youth projects, click here .

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MISSION COLLECTION LINKS

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