United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is a grassroots movement with 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.
The Virginia Annual Conference has a steering committee that coordinates United Methodist Volunteers in Mission activities.
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Training
At this time, the Virginia Conference is continuing to monitor the statewide status reports of COVID-19 for the overall safety of our teams and the community. We recommend that teams take considerable time to make decisions about sending and receiving of VIM teams. Thank you for your cooperation.
As a part of the Virginia Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Policy every UMVIM team leader is required to take the Team Leader Training course. When you answer the call to lead a team into the short-term mission field, you are assuming responsibility that is much more than handling logistics and making decisions.
The UMVIM Team Leader Training Course trains and equips you as the team leader to then train and equip your team. This course is intended for those who have never taken an UMVIM Leader Training Course. Those who have taken an UMVIM Leader Training Course are still welcome to come or to take the online UMVIM Leader Refresher Course offered through UMVIM SEJ. Check umvim.org for the current online Refresher Course schedule.
The course is 5 hours and there is no cost.
A light lunch will be provided; donations to the host church are appreciated.
Preregistration is required.
UMVIM Training, January 8, 2022, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
An UMVIM Team Leader training event will take place at Harmony UMC, 380 E Colonial Hwy, Hamilton, VA 20158. The cost is $10 to cover lunch. An online training manual will be provided. Register below:
Virginia Conference UMVIM Teams Haiti Matching Funds
Volunteer in Mission (VIM) teams from faith communities in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church who are interested in serving in mission with the Methodist Church of Haiti have a unique opportunity to receive matching funds for work in disaster response or humanitarian projects. Below are the General Guidelines and one-page application to request the matching funds.
Application form (pdf)
Application for UMVIM to Support Short-Term Teams
The purpose of the grant is to provide funds in support of faith communities in the Virginia Conference with average worship attendance of 150 or less who wish to provide a UMVIM team short-term mission team opportunity. The funds may be used for team building, transportation, materials, etc. or for scholarship grants to individual team members.
The UMVIM team leader must have completed UMVIM team leader training and the team must follow VA UMVIM team guidelines. The team destination may be within Virginia, the United States or internationally.
The grant request maximum is $1,500. If team does not go, the team leader must contact the Office of Justice and Missional Excellence for consideration of how the grant will be used or returned.
A church or faith community must make the grant application and receive the funds.