Volunteers in Mission

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, VIM, Mission, Mission and Justice Ministries, Deb Heylmann

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel for people to offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short-term assignments at their own expense.

Volunteer in Mission work includes a wide variety of possibilities. Teams and individuals can put their skills to work in construction, medical assistance, Bible school, and much more.

The UMVIM movement began in 1976 and is organized by jurisdiction. The General Board of Global Ministries networks with the jurisdictional UMVIM offices, which in turn coordinate with annual conference offices.

Through UMVIM, you can serve with a team (typically 10-16 persons) or as an individual. Volunteers need to be in relatively good health, complete an application form, willing to pay his/her own way or help to raise team funds and agree to attend training sessions conducted by the team leader prior to departure.

If your church is interested in putting together a mission trip, check out the listing of VIM sites:

You should also make sure your team has medical insurance. Information on medical insurance for teams traveling nationally and internationally can be found HERE.

For more information, contact:

Volunteers in Mission, Debra Heylman, Volunteers in Mission Coordinator, VIM Coordinator, Mission, Mission and Justice Ministries

Deb Heylmann

VIM Coordinator