Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

UWM missionaries Matt and Shelley Actis have been working in the rural area of Bugiri District, Uganda. Matt has established several pastor and church leader training centers in the surrounding villages and Shelley has established life skills centers for teenage girls who have dropped out of school. The ministry is growing and there is a strong need for more missionaries to come and help this pioneering work. The top needs involve children’s programs, youth discipleship, and family ministries.

UWM is in the process of establishing a twenty-five-acre ministry training and equipping center to centralize the work being done in this region. This UWM Team is looking for long term missionaries to join them in this growing ministry to reach rural village churches with much needed adult Bible studies, establish children’s programs, youth ministries, and discipleship.

Job Function:

This opportunity is for a new missionary to develop and implement Biblical ministries in communities and churches where UWM missionaries are already working, near Bugiri, Eastern Uganda. This position has a lot of flexibility, and you may work with children more than adults, or vice versa. It has the potential to be crafted in a way that fits you and your style of ministry and grow in the direction that the Lord leads. The person who fills this position must come with the mindset of “teaching a man to fish.” The ultimate goal is to mentor and equip someone from the local Ugandan church to eventually take over and lead this role for their own church. This position would require you to live in rural Uganda at the UWM ministry center, or nearby. Missionaries may teach in English, but it is expected for you to learn and speak some basic Lusoga. New missionaries will be given assistance in getting started and can work with a long-term missionary until they feel they are ready to work in the field alone. Supervision and accountability are provided by the Country Team Leaders, Matt and Shelley Actis.

Job Requirements:

Missionaries serving in this pioneering ministry need to:

  • Have a love for the lost, the church, and for their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • Be gifted in teaching and mentoring.
  • Be able to work well with others and other UWM teammates.
  • Be teachable.
  • Be flexible.
  • Be able to live in a rural area and work cross-culturally with people from the villages.
  • Have experience working in ministry, volunteering at church, leading Bible studies, etc.
  • Have a strong Biblical background: Been in the church and Bible studies for many years or have Biblical training.
  • Hold the ministry philosophy that we are to come alongside and teach local nationals so that they may continue the work to their own people.
  • Agree to a statement of faith.