The Center for Missional Outreach encourages all North Texas Conference churches to work with United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) to plan and organize their mission trips. This organization exists to help you with insurance, training, and location possibilities.
The purpose of UMVIM is to enable the participation of United Methodists throughout the world in global mission volunteer programs so that affirming, empowering and trusting relationships are established.
To learn more about UMVIM and what we are doing here in the North Texas Conference, please contact the Center for Missional Outreach at email@example.com or call 972-526-5000, 800-969-8201.
Finding a Mission Trip Site
To see a complete list of US domestic locations, go to www.missionvolunteers.org and click on "US Project List". This 45 page document lists projects by state. For international trip information, call our office and we can help you to connect through UMVIM with almost any country.
Many mission sites are now asking for proof of team leader training. If you need to learn how to lead a mission trip or become a certified team leader, please attend one of our bi-annual trainings. Look on our events page for information.
We get lots of questions about insurance for mission teams. If you are going to an UMVIM site, then you can purchase insurance from them by going to www.missionvolunteers.org.
Teams going to foreign destinations may purchase accident and medical insurance from Gallagher Charitable International Insurance Services at a rate of $3.30 per day. Groups are responsible for requiring all volunteers to carry this insurance. CLICK HERE for the policy and enrollment form. This insurance differs from the GBGM insurance because it covers medical expenses for illness, whereas the GBGM insurance only covers accidents.
International Mission Team Insurance
Many churches don't know that the North Texas Conference has special coverage for international mission teams built into our policy. This coverage is available at no additional cost to your team. This insurance covers not only mission teams but choir tours and any other kind of international trip your church members might be planning.
The team leader needs to fill out a simple form and mail it in advance to our insurance account executive, Linda Ginn.
Relief Kits Ministry
Many churches have assembled relief kits - including health kits, birthing kits, school kits, and more. For more information on how to assemble kits, go to www.umcor.org and click on the Relief Kits tab.
Howe United Methodist Church has a trailer that they will store your kits in until they make another trip to the UMCOR Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana. To arrange to drop off kits, please contact the church directly. Their information is:
NOMADS Mission Volunteers
NOMADS is a mission outreach ministry of United Methodists. The NOMADS program is specific to individuals and couples with RVs wishing to be involved in Christian service.
NOMADS projects include working at United Methodist related agencies such as churches, church camps, homeless shelters, children’s homes, mission agencies and disaster agencies doing remodeling, maintenance, repairs, new construction, office work, painting, childcare, gardening, etc. They also work at the homes of needy families for host agencies providing community service.
If a need arises for which the NOMADS may be of service, please contact them at:
Download the brochure for more information about NOMADS.