Generation Transformation: Targeting Ages 18-30

Date Posted: 10/23/2013

Three new programs are now available, via The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, for young adults between 18-30 years of age interested in short and long-term mission service opportunities. Program leaders want to partner with annual conferences to develop strong young leaders with a heart for hands-on ministry.

Applications are available now and due November 15 for young adults wanting to engage (with local communities), connect (the Church in Mission) and grow (in personal and social holiness) through new Global Mission Fellows and Global Justice Volunteers. The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is launching Generation Transformation, a new movement that provides mission service opportunities for young adults ages 18-30. Judy Chung, associate general secretary of missionary services believes, “As young people are mobilized to serve in mission, integrating faith and justice, the movement will inspire and transform the world.”


Three different programs offer a variety of options for young adults who are interested in missionary service:

1.Global Mission Fellows is a faith- and justice-centered opportunity that sends young adults ages 20-30 for two years of mission service. “Local United Methodist leaders — be they lay leaders, pastors, missionaries and/or campus ministers — will provide mentorship and support, helping Fellows navigate opportunities and challenges that arise when pursuing a life of mission.”

2.Global Justice Volunteers is a short-term service opportunity for young adults ages 18-30. Small teams of volunteers spend 10 weeks June-August exploring the links between faith and social justice, working with grassroots organizations around the world.

3.Individual Volunteers is an option offering the flexibility to volunteer for a period of two months to two years. Volunteers serve at placement sites all over the world, with every attempt to accommodate placement preferences.


Encourage Young Adults in Your Life

The promotion toolkit for local churches including a website, videos, brochures and stands, stories, flyers and bulletin inserts are available for churches wanting to help get the word out on this new opportunity for young adults.


Elizabeth Lee, Executive Secretary for Young Adult Mission Service encourages church leaders to keep the 74 young adult missionaries currently in global service in prayer, and encourage young people to customize their own hands-on faith journey. “We need your help to recruit a diverse body of mission-minded young people to these unique service opportunities that can be geared toward individuals’ passions.” This program is ramping up to recruit 50 young adults this year, and expand the number of strong young leaders who are committed to building communities and a peaceful world.


Learn more about Generation Transformation at or email Follow @umcmissionGT on Twitter for program updates. For more information, contact Melissa Hinnen, Director of Content & Public Information,