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The Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ has designed the Global Mission Intern program specifically for young adults who are interested in missionary service and have completed their basic college education, but are without professional experience.
The Global Mission Intern program provides opportunities for young adult members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ to participate in mission with partner churches around the world. Global mission interns are involved with ecumenical partners in ministry among the poor or with minority churches, or Christian action groups dealing with human rights, reconciliation and development projects. Support is at subsistence or appropriate support level recommended by the host church or organization. Assignments are developed on an individual basis. This program allows us the flexibility to design an assignment around the strengths and skills of the applicant, as well as the specific needs of the church partner.
When you return your application, it will be reviewed to determine if your gifts and skills can be matched with a GMI position. If so, your application will be shared with the appropriate area executive for his/her review. If the area executive agrees with the recommendation from the mission personnel executive, you will be invited to Indianapolis or Cleveland for an interview with the area executive and the Mission Personnel Committee at the expense of the Common Global Ministries Board. Also, you will undergo at that time, psychological and medical evaluations. The Mission Personnel Committee will evaluate your interview as well as the recommendations of the psychologist and medical doctor. A decision is made at this point whether or not to recommend you to the Common Global Ministries Board for appointment. If the decision is positive you will be invited to attend a Board meeting at the expense of the Common Global Ministries Board. The Board meets in the Spring and Fall, usually April and November. You will be introduced to the Board. The Board members will have the opportunity to ask you questions regarding your desire to serve as a missionary. The Board actually makes the appointment and will vote on the Mission Personnel Committee's recommendation.
A conference for missionary candidates is held in conjunction with a series of appointments to work out specific details related to finance, health insurance and interpretation prior to the meeting of the Common Global Ministries Board of Directors. A commissioning service is also scheduled at the home church of the new appointee in consultation with the local pastor. At this service a “Commissioning Statement” is presented by a representative of Global Ministries. If at all possible, a representative from the regional/conference office is also present.
The deadline for receiving GMI applications is April 15, 2015. We look forward to hearing from you.
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