Methodist Church South East District


Encounter Worldwide is the short-term overseas mission programme that places self-funding volunteers to work in partnership with Methodist churches, communities and organizations around the world for a period of 3 – 12 months.  The aim is for volunteers to explore faith, share skills and enrich mission for both the overseas and volunteer’s church communities.

Unlike the Mission Partner programme for 3 years or more, Encounter worldwide is an opportunity for shorter term mission. Volunteers experience the Methodist faith through the lens of another culture, challenging their personal faith and opening their eyes to God’s mission in a new light.

Volunteers will take a journey – deciding if this is the right call for them; applying; being matched to a host; fundraising; preparing and training.  They will undertake the placement, be supported in their return home and take the experience they have had to continue mission within the Methodist Church locally, regionally and nationally.

A series of resources are being developed to support the programme.  Further information can be accessed through the website at or by contacting Rachel Gooden on