"United Methodist Volunteers in Mission: Christian Love in Action"


New ways to be in mission

As the pandemic continues around the world, United Methodists are finding new ways to still be in mission while also staying safe. In this newsletter, we'll see some new approaches to living out God's mission.

UMVIM has new UPDATED COVID-19 Guidelines for teams and sites. Find it and other information on the COVID-19 section at Please remember that sites will be following their own local/county/state health department guidelines, too. Be sure to check with them about their reopening plans and to see what restrictions or rules will be in place.


Mission Volunteer Training goes virtual

The Mission Volunteer program connects people who want to volunteer for 2-12 months with sites that can use their gifts, talents, and time. Because of travel and gathering restrictions currently in place around the country, the next MV training will be offered online. Whether you are interested in becoming a Mission Volunteer, want to be an advocate for the Mission Volunteer program, or are just curious to know more about mission opportunities, you are invited to register for the next Mission Volunteer virtual training..

Those interested can register at


Online Team Leader Training

Look for more opportunities in the future!


For more information from UMVIM click here.



United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is the short-term mission agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. UMVIM exists to promote, encourage and enable Christians to exemplify "Christian Love in Action" through short-term mission service at home and abroad. Rev. Maria Bowers Gardiner is Associate Pastor at Newnan First United Methodist Church, and serves in a variety of capacities for North Georgia, including as our conference UMVIM coordinator. She can assist with your questions, training, and networking regarding UMVIM and may be reached at


Upcoming UMVIM Team Leader training:

Interested in participating in an upcoming Disaster Response Team Trip?

Want to learn more about domestic or international mission projects and partnerships?

Perhaps you are already involved with an UMVIM mission and want to coordinate with other churches?

Learn best practices in healthy mission trips to benefit both your team and the folks you are in ministry “with”.  We will cover so much more than just “logistics” including spiritual formation, risk management, and cultural intelligence.

This course is for Short Term Mission Trip Team leaders and also folks interested in missions and learning best practices for your church. The training will provide you with the tools you will need to confidently lead a mission team from your church congregation on a successful mission trip either within the USA or throughout the world.

​Contact Rev. Maria Bowers Gardiner,, NGA UMVIM Coordinator, to schedule a training.