Who can be a UMVIM LEADER???
This class is for people who want to learn how to lead a mission trip. UMVIM teams will have an UMVIM trained leader who provides training for the team, insures completion of proper forms and insurance coverage and is in communication with annual conference and jurisdictional UMVIM leadership.
UMVIM LEADER partners with others.An UMVIM team is one that serves locally, nationally, or internationally where it is invited, works in a ministry endorsed by the host Methodist church, partner church or agency, or Non-Government Organization (NGO) i.e. American Red Cross, and serves in cooperation with the local host group.
Following guidelines gives credibility and joint cooperation.The intent of these guidelines is to insure that the presence of the team will not interfere with the authority and integrity of the church leadership, hereby strengthening and upholding the local church.
The training consists of three basic parts:
Part 1: Means & Ends
This section covers the means of doing short-term mission, such as budgeting, how to find a project site, how to recruit a team, and how to organize your trip. However, we also cover the ends. This means we discuss the bigger picture of everyone's agenda involved, as well as the values and philosophies of ministry that undergird the decisions we are making as team leaders.
Part 2: Team Dynamics
This section will address issues that arise when a group of people who don't know each other very well travel together to a strange destination to do physically challenging labor on a schedule that someone else chose. What do you do when someone doesn't want to cooperate? Are challenging you as a leader? Constantly complains? Has the wrong attitude? How do you instill the proper attitude and values into the team in order to avoid all this?
Part 3: International Teams
This section covers material specific to international teams, such as passports, visas, airfare, communicating with your hosts, and more.
Deadline for registration is May 16.
Training will be held at the North Texas Conference Ministry Center
500 Maplelawn Drive
Plano, TX 75075
Cost: $20.00 Includes lunch and all materials.