VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION
Rio Texas Youths passionate about missions should attend UMVIM Leadership Training
Youth that have participated in student mission trips throughout the years are invited to join any of the Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Leader Training sessions occurring around the conference - San Antonio (Nov. 4th), Austin (Nov. 11th), Victoria (Dec. 2nd) and Corpus Christi (Dec 9th). All volunteers (youth adult) interested in mission leadership are encouraged to join one of the sessions @ UMVIM Leadership Training signup.
Youth will take their passion and skills learned during student mission trips and apply it to greater opportunities in Rio Texas, nationally and abroad. The UMVIM Team Leader training event is the start of a lifestyle whereby Christians, adults and students, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world. The training event provides the theological foundation for missional living while learning the skills to partner and be culturally sensitive to the needs of those we serve. Missional life is about God's mission in the world and my include construction, renewing of mission facilities, feeding, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world. This training is one avenue for these teens to develop spiritual leadership and missional focus to guide tomorrow’s church.
In addition, Rio Texas is partnering with UM ARMY as they provide youth camps to help Harvey relief in League City, Edna and LaGrange -- see UMARMY.org
United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement within The United Methodist Church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense.
Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting Bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world.
For more information on how to get started: contact the
Conference Volunteer In Mission Coordinator, Frank Rojas at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.422.0210
for information on how to do so.
2017 Many Opportunities to Serve!
- U. S. Opportunities - coming soon
- International Opportunities
- Youth-Friendly Opportunities
- South Central Jurisdiction Opportunities
When Helping Hurts, Corbett & Fikkert
Toxic Charity, Robert D. Lupton
These books share common elements of poverty alleviation efforts that cause unintended harm. They also discuss concrete ways to alleviate poverty without causing harm to those we serve and to our ministries themselves.
Unchristian, David Kinnaman
Discusses the negative perceptions those outside of church hold of those within,and what we can do to change those perceptions.
Cross Cultural Servanthood, Duane Elmer
Serving with Eyes Wide Open, David Livermore
These books focus on how to enter a vastly different culture with care and grace.
The Beauty of Partnership, Werner Mischke
Explores steps we can take to develop healthy partnerships with those we serve with throughout God’s diverse world.
A Mission Journey, Global Ministries
This handbook helps us examine ways we can strengthen ourselves
as disciples before, during, and after mission experiences.
Lead Like Jesus, Blanchard & Hodges
What does it mean to be a leader?
How can our leadership please God?
This book explores Jesus’ ministry to find how we can be strong leaders
who follow God’s purpose for our lives.