Are you called to serve cross-culturally?
This is a daunting question. That’s why we want to help you in your journey to discover the calling God has placed on your life. And below are some resources to guide you along the way.
You were created in the image of God. That means He’s wired you in a specific, particular, beautiful way. One way to discern His call and purpose for your life is to better understand the personality He’s given you. Discover more about your personality type:
Spiritual Gifts & Pathways
Just like our unique personalities, God has given us specific spiritual gifts to help fulfill His purposes throughout the world. And one way to discern the role God wants your life to play in His mission is to be aware of the gifts He’s given you to utilize for His purposes. Spiritual pathways help us identify the ways we most naturally connect with God. Learn more about how you grow spiritually.
Another way to measure and discern God’s call is for you to gain awareness into the kind of cultural setting and situation you need in order to live … and even thrive. Find out more about adapting in different cultural settings:
We are committed to walking with you each step of the way on this journey. Here is a broad look at
the process to become a missionary with United World Mission.
Talk to a Coach
Find Your Fit
Apply to Serve
Prepare to Go
What UWM Missionaries are Saying
"When we accepted God’s calling to train and develop indigenous Christian leaders, we didn’t think finding a sending agency would be difficult. Unfortunately, we kept running into people that wanted to shift our calling to fit a traditional missionary role. UWM helped us find a ministry placement that fit both our calling to equip local leaders and the needs of our family. Along the way we’ve been thankful to be a part of a mission that cares about what God is doing in us and what God is doing through us."
"We attended Entry Point while discerning whether or not we were called to be overseas missionaries. As we had the chance to meet with UWM leaders, engaged in the spiritual formation retreat day, and learned the core values of UWM we were drawn more and more. We felt seen, heard, and supported as individuals during our discernment process. Finally, support raising was a big mental barrier for us, but the training given at Entry Point gave us the courage to follow God’s call!"
"We lived a couple of years serving internationally prior to CIT. The majority of that time was spent in a cultural immersion missions program. Although we learned so much during our season abroad, the materials covered in CIT have been so healthy and formative for our return to the missions field. Admittedly, we didn't think we 'needed' further training but we were totally wrong and would definitely recommend this to anyone who is returning/going out to serve the nations."
"United World Mission provided live training and coaching around the why and how of successfully enlisting a team of ministry partners and raising support. We admittedly began with a serious dread of support raising. We left with an elevated sense of mission and a real enthusiasm for sharing the opportunity for partnership with potential supporters. Six months later we raised our full support budget and were able to leave to begin our new lives in South Africa."
"After 25 years of missionary service, I participated in a UWM spiritual formation retreat. The Lord spoke to my heart deeply about God as my Father as I had grown up without an earthly father. Afterwards, I was invited to the spiritual mentoring training, which allowed me to pass on the gift of love God gave me in a fresh way. It provided the tools I needed to reach out and serve more effectively. I have had the privilege to see God bring lasting changes in lives, including my own."
"I started my journey into missions with big dreams and aspirations to see fruitfulness in where I was called. Yet the reality of mission work is not a victory lap, but a bumpy marathon. Eventually, shame set in and we found ourselves feeling excluded, misunderstood, and alone. This isn't the end of our story however. In UWM, we have access to our Member Care Team. They helped us through listening, being curious, and asking wise questions that has brought greater health and humility to ourselves and our ministry."