Young Adult Mission Service US-2 and Mission Intern applications due February 5

January 6, 2012

Our partners at the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church have asked us to spread information for young adults to apply to serve as US-2s and Mission Interns. Applications are due Feb 5, 2012. These programs are open to the ecumenical family. Following is a letter by UMC Global Ministries’ General Secretary Thomas Kemper, an article about the program and information about the application process.



Dear Partners,

For 60 years, Global Ministries has been sending young people into service. Through the US-2 and mission intern programs, we have enriched the lives of thousands of young men and women, and through their witness touched uncountable youth, adults, and communities. The US-2 and mission intern programs develop church leaders, as young people work in communities that face issues such as poverty, racism, or environmental justice.

US-2s serve two years living out faith through social justice in the United States. They live, work, and make a positive impact working with a United Methodist partner organization, boldly reexamining their role and participation in society to address systemic injustice. Mission interns integrate the global and local by serving for three years, approximately half of the time in an international community and half in their home country. They respond to the prophetic voice of communities and individuals working for systemic change around the world, walking the path of justice, mercy, and love.

The deadline for the 2012 class of mission interns and US-2s is February 5. Please share the application with those in your networks and communities between the ages of 20 and 30 throughout our global connection, who are committed to addressing the root causes of injustice. The application is available here:

Mission interns and US-2s are encouraged to engage in disciplined theological reflection and are equipped to discern God’s calling for their lives. Thank you for partnering with us in shaping ethical, prophetic Christian leaders who are engaged firsthand in God’s mission in a world of injustice and need.

In mission and ministry together,

Thomas Kemper

Thomas G. Kemper

General Secretary

The General Board of Global Ministries

475 Riverside Drive, OGS Room 1411

New York, NY 10115


Are You a Young Adult Committed to Mission and Justice?

Kara Johansen Crawford, Mission Intern being commissioned during Global Ministries Board Meeting; Fall 2011
Image by: Cassandra M. Zampini
Source: GBGM Mission News

Commissioning service during Global Ministries Board Meeting; Fall 2011
Image by: Cassandra M. Zampini
Source: GBGM Mission News

Consider becoming a US-2 or Mission Intern. If you are between the ages of 20 to 30 and feel called to address the root causes of injustice so that the gospel is lived out alongside communities and organizations seeking peace and systemic transformation, apply to become a United Methodist US-2 or Mission Intern.

US-2s serve in the United States for two years. Mission Interns serve for three years, approximately half of the time abroad and half of the time in their home country. Both US-2s and Mission Interns commit to linking their faith to justice.

The due date for applications is February 5, 2012. In 2011, 25 young adults were commissioned as US-2s and Mission Interns. The General Board of Global Ministries has renewed its commitment to increase the number of new people serving in new places as United Methodist mission workers and volunteers in the United States and around the world. The new class of missionaries will begin their training and placement in the summer of 2012.

Where do missionaries serve?

The settings may vary from Jerusalem, Palestine/Israel, to Memphis, Tennessee, US, but they are always in connection with a United Methodist-partner organization, faith community, or institution. Some may be called to work in an urban setting with labor organizers; others may work with children in a daycare center; some may help advocate for families in transitional housing.

All settings are places of hope, requiring solidarity, openness, and Christian love. The overarching Global Ministries philosophy of mission stems from the reality that missionaries serve with, not to or for others. The work of a missionary is one of solidarity and accompaniment.

Are missionaries paid?

Both types of young adult missionaries–US-2s and Mission Interns–receive a small monthly stipend. They live and work in solidarity with communities that face systemic issues of injustice.

Missionaries commit to linking faith and justice. Young adults have the opportunity to live out their faith through justice ministries, connect to networks, raise awareness, transform communities, and become a part of a community through presence and solidarity.

Who can apply to become a Mission Intern?

Beginning in 2011, Global Ministries began commissioning Mission Interns on an annual basis. This commitment to young people globally is one way that the mission agency seeks to increase opportunities for the larger church to engage in mission.

The Mission Intern program is open to all young adults throughout the connection, including non-US-based participants. So someone from the Philippines or the Ukraine would be able to participate in the program. (Fluency in English is necessary as trainings are held in English.)

How do young adults apply?

Download more information and an application to become a Mission Intern or US-2.

How can my organization host a US-2 or Mission Intern?

Your organization can be one of many United Methodist-partnered organizations hosting a US-2 or Mission Intern. Contact youngadults for more information. Placement site applications are due March 15, 2012, to host the missionaries in the late summer or fall.

Learn about the broad spectrum of programs for young adults to serve through Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, including through the Mission Intern and US-2 programs.

To support the United Methodist Young Adult missionary programs, give through the US-2 Program, Advance #982874 or the Mission Intern Program, Advance #13105Z.

  • Mission Intern Program
  • US-2 Program

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