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About Us

  • Our Mission

    The Mission Society exists to mobilize and deploy the body of Christ globally to join Jesus in His mission, especially among the least-reached peoples.

  • Our Vision

    The kingdom of God advancing among all peoples bringing about redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Incarnation

The Mission Society seeks to minister to others by following the example of Jesus, who fully entered the human experience. In our cross-cultural ministry, we are committed to learning the local language, living among the people, and ministering in culturally appropriate ways, demonstrating love for God and neighbor, and disciple-making among the nations.

Integrity

The Mission Society desires to reflect the holiness of God in all we do. Personally and corporately we endeavor to make the character of Christ manifest in our lives and our ministry.

Passion

We are not complacent about the One who matters supremely or the work God has given us to do; nor is our ministry prompted simply by duty, or even obedience. Our life together and our ministry are marked and motivated by passion for God and God’s mission. We are passionate about Jesus, our mission, and all those involved in the journey with us.

People

The Mission Society believes that people are of primary value. Because people matter to God, people matter to us. Our cross-cultural workers, staff, donors, volunteers, prayer partners, and those we seek to reach are of greatest worth to us. Because “relationships” and not “formulas” are our method, we exude an entrepreneurial culture where we encourage every member to discern and pursue God’s unique direction for his or her ministry.

Partnership

Since it is the kingdom of God that we are called to express and extend throughout the world, our ministry is about more than ourselves and our organization. We believe that working together enhances our witness and strengthens our ability to make disciples of all nations. As a result, The Mission Society pursues partnership in ministry endeavors with churches, nationals, Christian organizations, and individuals.

Prayer

It is only through the power and presence of the Spirit of Christ that we can live up to the high and holy intentions embodied in these values. We acknowledge our absolute dependence on God and seek both His guidance and His strength each day. Therefore, The Mission Society is a praying community.

Our Strategies

 

Mobilize the Body of Christ

so that it will

live and share the gospel incarnationally

in order to more effectively

reach the least reached

with the goal that we

make disciple-makers

who lead communities that

do and proclaim God’s mercy and justice.

Our Story

Today, an estimated 2.2 billion people have yet to hear the gospel of Christ. Since 1984, The Mission Society has grown to recruit, train, and support more than 180 missionaries in more than 35 nations around the world. We also partner with local churches to provide speakers and resources to aid the growth of local churches’ mission awareness and activity.

1980
1983

1983

A group of 34 people, mostly United Methodist pastors, meet in St. Louis to lay the groundwork for The Mission Society for United Methodists.

1983

1983

The Rev. H. T. Maclin is named president of The Mission Society for United Methodists.

1984

1984

On January 6, The Mission Society for United Methodists incorporates.

1980 - 1989

1980 - 1989

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Ghana, Colombia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Paraguay, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.

1990
1996

1996

The Bible Institute is formed in Paraguay in partnership with The Mission Society.

1998

1998

The Mission Society conducts training for 70 district superintendents and all seven bishops of the Methodist Church of India.

1999

1999

The International Leadership Institute (ILI) is launched for the purpose of training national leaders.

1999

1999

The “Missionary Kid” program begins.

1990 - 1999

1990 - 1999

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Japan, Tanzania, Guinea, Haiti, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, France, India, and Peru.

2000
2000

2000

The Mission Society partners with Global Focus, Inc., to help local churches be strategic in their global outreach.

2001

2001

The Mission Society begins sending campus missionaries to work with Wesley Foundations across the nation.

2003

2003

World Parish Ministries (now the Church Ministry department of The Mission Society) goes international when it provides Global Vision Seminars in Ghana.

2007

2007

The Mission Society began training new missionaries in an international location.

2008

2008

"Horizon Mission Visioning" initiative takes place in Prague. The meeting focused on looking ahead and considering how global trends shape how The Mission Society moves forward.

2008

2008

An international mobilization department was formed to provide church mobilization and cross-cultural training to indigenous churches in other nations.

2000 - 2009

2000 - 2009

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Hungary, Nicaragua, Kenya, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, Israel, Bolivia, Malaysia, Zambia, Thailand, Germany, Namibia, Senegal, and South Africa.

2010
2010

2010

The Mission Society drafted and adopted new mission and vision statements and five core strategies.

2014

2014

The Mission Society’s founding president, Dr. H.T. Maclin, passes away on April 14.

2010 - 2016

2010 - 2016

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Cambodia, the Middle East, South Sudan, Estonia, Haiti, urban Atlanta, Malawi, Kosovo, and two countries not named for security purposes.

2024

Our Beliefs

  • God

    There is one eternal, triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Jesus Christ

    Jesus, the Son, is the Word (Logos) of God who has become flesh.1 We affirm the full deity and humanity of Jesus the Messiah, who was born of a virgin,2 lived a sinless life as a man on this earth,3 died on a cross,4 rose from the dead,5 and ascended into heaven.6 During his earthly ministry, Jesus taught, proclaimed, and demonstrated the kingdom of God.7

    (John 1:1, Matt 1:25, 3 I Peter 2:22, 4 Mark 15:25, 5 Matthew 28:6, 6 Luke 24:50, 7 Luke 4:43)

  • Holy Spirit

    The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ.8 The Spirit is active to convict people of sin and to accomplish God’s saving work in those who repent and believe.9 The Spirit enables Christ-like transformation10 and empowers believers for witness and service, distributing gifts according to God’s will.11 

    (8 John 16:14. 9 Romans 4:24, 10 II Corinthians 3:18, 11 I Corinthians 12:11)

  • Humankind

    Humankind in all its diversity is created in the image of God,13 and intended for relationship with God. However, all humans are fallen,14 are under the power of sin and death,15 and are in need of salvation. In Jesus Christ, God is redeeming all creation, including humankind, and restoring us to right relationship with God and with one another.

    (13 Genesis 1:26, 14 Genesis 3, 15 Romans 3:23)

  • Salvation

    There is salvation only in Jesus Christ.16 Through prevenient grace, an expression of God’s loving nature,17 God initiates relationship with all people. Salvation is not earned by human effort,18 but rather is offered to all by God’s love, mercy, and grace. It is received through repentance19 and faith in Christ.20 God desires all of humankind to experience salvation.21

    (16 Acts 4:12, 17 I John 4:8, 18 Titus 3:5, 19 Acts 17:30, 20 Ephesians 2:8, 21 2 Peter 2:9)

  • Church

    The Church is the Body of Christ,22  the universal community of believers in Jesus. Christ loves the Church. Endowed with spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit, the Church glorifies God, makes disciples, witnesses redemptively in the world and prepares to meet Jesus upon His glorious return.

    (22 Ephesians 1:22-23)

  • The kingdom of God

    Inaugurated at the advent of Christ, the kingdom of God will be consummated at the return of Christ and will be marked by ultimate victory over death, Satan and all evil.23 Those who have died in Christ will be resurrected to eternal life with God. Until that time, we are called to follow Jesus, and join Him in His kingdom work.

    (23 I Corinthians 15:24-28 )

  • Our Calling

    Jesus calls His followers, and sends them into the world as the Father sent Him into the world.24 In obedience to Christ we go into all the world proclaiming the gospel to and making disciples of all peoples, and showing love for God and neighbor by doing and proclaiming God’s mercy and justice. 

    (24 John 20:21)

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