UMC Missions Fields
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel- Proverbs 1:5 NASB
Theological education in the United Methodist Church can take many forms around the world, because it prepares those that are called to serve in a variety of ways. For instance, in the United States the majority of our pastoral leaders complete a degree from one of the seminaries sanctioned by the United Methodist Church.
However, for those called to serve United Methodist congregations in the Philippines, Africa, or Europe, specialized training is required. Often our clergy in the Central Conferences are preaching on Sunday morning, and working in a foodbank or providing social services for their communities in the afternoon. In many parts of the world, United Methodist clergy are prepared to serve a role that would be unimaginable to those serving here in the United States.
For instance in Liberia, United Methodist clergy are providing paths to healing for families that have lost children or loved ones after years of devastating civil conflict. In certain villages of Romania, United Methodist clergy are the entire social safety net for their mission field. They provide shelter for orphaned children, counseling services for families, and job training opportunities for adults.
Phrases like the ones listed below are popular on social media today, and provide a good description of those that are called to serve.
“God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”
“God calls the ordinary to do the extraordinary.”
The expressions listed above describe those that are called to ministry in many places of our planet. The United Methodist Church equips these spiritual and community leaders for the work that Jesus has called us to perform. Our United Methodist mission field stretches from Manilla, to Montana, to Monrovia and many other places around the world. To learn more about how you can play a role in assisting those called to serve in the Central Conferences, please visit the following website: