United World Mission exists to develop well-trained, spiritually-formed leaders and to strengthen and multiply disciple-making churches that proclaim and demonstrate the gospel.
We serve churches, donors and missionaries globally by helping them collaborate confidently with trusted, vetted partners for leadership development, church planting, and holistic outreach in strategic locations.
We strive to seek God first, serve partners well, live boldly, commit to community, and surprise the world by loving others in the way of Jesus.
Different Leaders. Different Church. Different World.
The church’s purpose is to delight God and surprise the world.
We envision a world where men, women, and children everywhere see the church and say, “Wow! What is it about these people? I want to join them to follow Jesus!”
It happens when they see Christians loving each other in multi-ethnic community. Serving others through works of mercy and justice. Living the hope of the biblical story and the values of the coming Kingdom.
This requires pastors, church planters, and marketplace leaders who walk with God and lead in the way of Jesus, forming the church to become the compassionate face of God to all people.
Different Leaders. Different Church. Different World.
To equip leaders, establish churches, and engage integral mission, inviting the world to seek Jesus.
World-surprising churches marked by love and unity, working for mercy and justice, and making disciples that serve Christ in every endeavor.
Engaging Integral Mission
Sharing Christ’s compassion and truth in word and deed with men, women, and children that need it most.
- Seek God First
We pursue God’s Kingdom, presence, and sanctifying work in us as foundational to everything. We are intentional about spiritual formation, beginning with our own hearts.
- Serve Partners Well
We fulfill our mission by partnering, equipping, and building capacity in others for contextual, sustainable impact. We are only as successful as our partners.
- Commit to Community
We strive for healthy relationships and create communities displaying grace, affection, humility and mutual support.
- Live Boldly
We aim high – moved to action by the heroic ambitions of Christ’s calling and the deep needs of the world. By grace, we embrace change and seek innovative solutions for doing God’s will in our generation.
- Surprise By Love
We seek the good of all people and choose Jesus’ way of love and servanthood even when it is hard to do.
Our Philosophy of Ministry
We believe the gospel offers a relationship with God that is received by grace through faith, and that the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out as we walk with God. We seek intentional pathways for growing in authentic relationship with God as we serve on mission with Christ, and we nurture this spirituality in the leaders we equip. We try to see all people through developmental eyes and integrate spiritual formation into all our ministries, leading to self-awareness, dependence upon Christ, healthy relationships, and life-giving service.
We affirm the Lausanne movement’s theme of “mission from everywhere to everywhere,” and we seek to demonstrate a cooperative, Kingdom mindset in all we do. We are compelled to partner with other Christians to express our unity and to accomplish God’s mission of renewing the whole world, which includes establishing the church and making disciples among all the peoples of the earth.
We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument for bringing the gospel of Christ to the world and making disciples of all nations. When local churches live as Kingdom communities of love and reconciliation, holiness and compassionate service, there is no greater apologetic for the gospel on earth. We partner with many types of missional organizations, but in everything we aim to inspire, strengthen, and multiply healthy, biblical churches.
Jesus showed compassion for people’s spiritual, physical, and social needs, and the whole of Scripture indicates God’s concern for the materially poor as well as the spiritually poor. We seek to integrate the biblical priorities for evangelism and for mercy and justice. We join with our partners to engage contextually appropriate holistic ministries, and seek to reproduce churches and disciples with a passion for evangelism and social action.
We are committed to an innovative culture that continually pursues new ways of doing mission and accelerates ideas that could advance the gospel. We believe it likely that the best innovations for mission in the future will come as the fruit of deep relationships in the global body of Christ, and a commitment to do mission together. Our founders were men and women who believed that the Holy Spirit was an “innovative Spirit,” and we follow their example of boldly going where the Spirit leads.
Our history has two significant strands—United World Mission and the Latin America Mission.
United World Mission was born in the heart of a local church and its pastor in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Sydney Correll and his wife, Helen, led the Dayton Tabernacle Church on evangelistic and compassion trips to India, Africa, and Latin America. They established a Bible School and local churches in Cuba, with a vision to see Cubans go as missionaries to Latin America!
Dr Correll’s vision attracted seventeen like-minded churches in Ohio. God led them to “unite” for world mission, so they incorporated United World Mission in 1946.
United World Mission became a global interdenominational ministry with a passion for church multiplication strengthened by ministry training, mercy ministries, and partnerships.
Since the early 1990s, UWM has focused on partnership with national churches around the world, believing that they were central in God’s plan for their nations. The missionary role changed to be facilitative, serving, and equipping rather than leading and directing. An era of partnering was born.
The Latin America Mission was born in the hearts of Harry Strachan, a Canadian-born Scot and his Irish-born wife Susan who felt God’s missionary call to Argentina.
In 1921, the Strachans moved from Argentina to San José, Costa Rica where they founded what would later be called the Latin America Mission. The Latin America Mission was always innovative, inter-denominational, and bold in its efforts to bring the whole gospel to all of Latin America.
Evangelism and social concern were always integrated in the LAM, which became known for “integral mission.”
In 1971, control of all LAM ministries was legally transferred to Latin partners. The LAM’s conviction was that the future of the gospel in Latin America was with the Latin Church, and missionaries needed to serve Latin vision and under Latin leadership. An era of partnering was born.
A United Vision
In January 2014, the Latin America Mission joined the United World Mission family. The combination presented synergistic opportunities for advancing global Kingdom work through partnering for leadership development, church planting, and holistic ministry.
Today, under the leadership of Dr. John Bernard, United World Mission has more than 350 missionaries serving in 45 nations. United World Mission seeks to help partners engage the world through God-delighting leaders, world-changing churches, and loving acts of mercy and justice.
Statement of Faith
United World Mission has adopted the Statement of Faith of the World Evangelical Alliance.
- …in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…
- One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…
- Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…
- The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…
- The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…
- The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…
- The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.”
In addition to our Statement of Faith, we affirm the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and look to it for wisdom and guidance in our faith and practice.
As a Member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), United World Mission is audited annually by a certified public accounting firm. Audited financial statements are available on request. United World Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization and contributions are tax deductible for U.S. income tax purposes.
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