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Serve disenfranchised communities as a CCW


Desire to work in communities to address deep-rooted issues and shine light on injustice with God’s love? Consider applying to be a Church and Community Worker.

The application to serve as a United Methodist Church and Community Worker (CCW) is open year-round. New placements are currently available.

Church and Community Workers are commissioned missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries who serve within disenfranchised communities in the United States.

CCWs take the church into the community and bring the community into the church, equipping churches and communities to work together to address deep-rooted issues that cause human suffering.

CCWs work in substance and domestic abuse prevention, outreach among immigrant communities and students, coordination of volunteers in mission, and with programs for children, youth, and women.

CCW placement is a partnership between Global Ministries, the annual conference, the project, and the missionary. Support is shared between Global Ministries and the conference or project to which the CCW is assigned. CCWs typically serve for six to nine years.

Here in the Michigan Conference, Randy Hildebrant is the CCW who has led God’s Country Cooperative Parish (GCCP) in the Upper Peninsula since 2013.

For more inspiration, read the stories of these CCWs:

    • Althea Belton serves in ministry with Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, MS, as Coordinator of Local Missional Engagement.
    • Katie Peterson once worked for GCCP but is now assigned to the Eastbrook Mission Barn in New Castle, PA. Katie coordinates the donations and coordination of UMCOR relief supply kits, as well as supplies for the Western Pennsylvania Conference Disaster Response Teams.
    • Rev. Julie Wilson serves as Program Coordinator of Open Arms Community Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Current potential placement site opportunities for CCWs include:

    • Executive Director in a community center in a strong ethnocentric community that includes a wellness program, food assistance, English classes, and sports activities. Location: Annadale, VA.
    • Coordinator working with a community center, ministering to the surrounding area’s spiritual, economic, health, and social challenges. Location: Sophia, WV.

Interested in discerning God’s call on your life to serve as a CCW? Curious and want to learn more? Send an email to [email protected].

Last Updated on October 31, 2023

The Michigan Conference