Become a Mission Partner
Please note: From 11 Jan 2021 the processing of any new Mission Partner applications is temporarily suspended. You are welcome to send in an application if you would like us to keep it on file. This note does not affect those from whom we have already received application forms.
Called to Serve as a Mission Partner?
Whilst our Partner Churches value the sharing of resources, a physical presence shows a level of solidarity which cannot be demonstrated in any other way. A willingness to become a stranger, the resident alien, for Christ's sake is an important witness in God's mission in the world. Read more information here.
Serving as a Mission Partner is a significant step. It is recommended that you pray, think and discuss it as an option with family, friends and minister. Read the Mission Partner Person Profile. If you feel that God may be leading you in this direction, complete and send back the initial application form. You may then be invited for interviews and asked to complete a set of Christian discipleship questions, along with providing statements of support and references. This is a process of discernment of your calling as a Methodist Mission Partner for yourself and for the Methodist Church. If recommended for overseas service, you will have a period of initial preparation at a mission partner training centre.
All Mission Partners work under the discipline and within the doctrines of MCB or MCI. As an expression of our partnership, it is expected and required that the Mission Partner works completely within the discipline of the Partner Church or Organisation in which they are placed. You will therefore be accountable to the head of that Church or Organisation and work respectfully within the culture into which you are placed.
Ordained Mission Partners remain in Full Connexion with MCB or MCI and therefore maintain accountability to the Conference of MCB or MCI as they represent their home Conference in their service of the Partner Church.
More detail on the principles and process of becoming a Mission Partner can be found in the Mission Partner Application Framework Process document
There are two different forms according to whether someone is lay or ordained - the links for these are below:
If you are a partner of a Mission Partner applicant and you wish to serve in mission but not as a Mission Partner, then you can apply as an Accompanying Volunteer. This post is voluntary and you will be supported by the Global Relationships team as you also serve the church. If you feel that God may be leading you in this direction then do pray, discuss and consider this carefully. Read the Accompanying Volunteer Person Profile. If you wish to apply for this post, complete and return the Accompanying Volunteer application form (coming soon). You may then be invited to attend interviews mirroring the Mission Partner discernment process which is for you and for the church. Some of the interviews you will attend individually and some alongside your partner.
Examples of Overseas Opportunities
Partner Churches around the world are always looking for people with professional skills, both lay and ordained, to serve with them in their mission. Click here
Current Opportunity (April 2020)
The Methodist Church in Sri Lanka is looking for a Presbyter to serve for two or three years. Kollupitiya Church is the largest in Colombo and has English, Tamil and Sinhala congregations. A presbyter is needed to serve the English congregation.