Did you know that churches do not need to purchase insurance for domestic mission trips, but they do need to be identified as a church group or UMVIM team in order to qualify for the Western Jurisdiction insurance coverage? A church mission group can be called a UMVIM team if the leader has received UMVIM team leader training and has coordinated or shared the mission trip information with Mike and Lorraine prior to the outing.

Volunteer teams that go to disaster areas in the first weeks after a disaster are Early Response Teams (ERT) and only adults can be trained as ERTs and volunteer in the early days of a disaster. After the emergency is over, non-ERT teams called United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) do the clean-up and rebuilding.


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Sponsor UMVIM Teams just like a church mission team. The sponsor recruits and selects team members and arranges transportation and financial support for the team or project. Most UMVIM (non-ERT or disaster) trips are sponsored by a single congregation or in partnership between churches.


We encourage churches to offer open enrollment and allow people from small congregations or congregations that don’t do mission trips to participate in the blessing of a mission trip. Please be sure to always have a trained UMVIM team leader among the group.


Most trips are from 1 to 2 weeks. Leadership training typically takes 3 hours and are usually scheduled on Saturday mornings, 9 AM – 1 PM, including a light networking lunch. Training costs $10 and it pays for materials and the lunch. If you or your church is interested in scheduling or registering for UMVIM team leader training, contact Mike and Lorraine Eyer at .

Saipan Experience by Rev. Tom Mattick

After the initial emergency response erecting temporary shelters (tents) for residents, restoring power, and providing food and water, FEMA turned to faith-based volunteers, under the VALOR initiative, to replace roofs torn off by the maximum sustained winds of 180mph of Yutu. Find out more…

Mission Trip Opportunity

Mission Trip Opportunity

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Coordinators for the Desert Southwest Conference are initiating a Conference-wide home build in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, through 1Mission as an effort to involve people who are unlikely to go on a mission trip, to participate in an awesome weekend mission experience with brothers and sisters in Christ. This is going to be fun!

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