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1980
1983

1983

A group of 34 people, mostly United Methodist pastors, meet in St. Louis to lay the groundwork for The Mission Society for United Methodists.

1983

1983

The Rev. H. T. Maclin is named president of The Mission Society for United Methodists.

1984

1984

On January 6, The Mission Society for United Methodists incorporates.

1980 - 1989

1980 - 1989

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Ghana, Colombia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Paraguay, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.

1990
1996

1996

The Bible Institute is formed in Paraguay in partnership with The Mission Society.

1998

1998

The Mission Society conducts training for 70 district superintendents and all seven bishops of the Methodist Church of India.

1999

1999

The International Leadership Institute (ILI) is launched for the purpose of training national leaders.

1999

1999

The “Missionary Kid” program begins.

1990 - 1999

1990 - 1999

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Japan, Tanzania, Guinea, Haiti, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, France, India, and Peru.

2000
2000

2000

The Mission Society partners with Global Focus, Inc., to help local churches be strategic in their global outreach.

2001

2001

The Mission Society begins sending campus missionaries to work with Wesley Foundations across the nation.

2003

2003

World Parish Ministries (now the Church Ministry department of The Mission Society) goes international when it provides Global Vision Seminars in Ghana.

2007

2007

The Mission Society began training new missionaries in an international location.

2008

2008

"Horizon Mission Visioning" initiative takes place in Prague. The meeting focused on looking ahead and considering how global trends shape how The Mission Society moves forward.

2008

2008

An international mobilization department was formed to provide church mobilization and cross-cultural training to indigenous churches in other nations.

2000 - 2009

2000 - 2009

The Mission Society establishes or joins ministries in Hungary, Nicaragua, Kenya, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, Israel, Bolivia, Malaysia, Zambia, Thailand, Germany, Namibia, Senegal, and South Africa.

2010
2010

2010

The Mission Society drafted and adopted new mission and vision statements and five core strategies.

2013

2013

The Mission Society moved our pre-field missionary training to Asia.

2014

2014

The Mission Society’s founding president, Dr. H.T. Maclin, passes away on April 14.

2014

2014

The Mission Society hosts the first Global Gathering of our missionaries from all over the world.

2014

2014

The Rev. Max Wilkins becomes the seventh president of The Mission Society on June 1.

2016

2016

GreenLight programs were created to assist young people in exploring their call to cross-cultural ministry.

2016

2016

The CoLab track was created, offering a mentored two-year term for people interested in mission.

2010-2019

2010-2019

TMS Global establishes or joins ministries in Cambodia, the Middle East, South Sudan, Estonia, Haiti, urban Atlanta, Malawi, Kosovo, Liberia, the Bahamas, diaspora ministry in Memphis, Tennessee, and two countries not named for security purposes.

2017

2017

The Mission Society changes its name to TMS Global.

2027
Press Releases

2019

Our Core Values

Incarnation

TMS Global seeks to minister to others by following the example of Jesus, who fully entered the human experience. In our cross-cultural ministry, we are committed to learning the local language, living among the people, and ministering in culturally appropriate ways, demonstrating love for God and neighbor, and disciple-making among the nations.

Integrity

TMS Global desires to reflect the holiness of God in all we do. Personally and corporately we endeavor to make the character of Christ manifest in our lives and our ministry.

Passion

We are not complacent about the One who matters supremely or the work God has given us to do; nor is our ministry prompted simply by duty, or even obedience. Our life together and our ministry are marked and motivated by passion for God and God’s mission. We are passionate about Jesus, our mission, and all those involved in the journey with us.

People

TMS Global believes that people are of primary value. Because people matter to God, people matter to us. Our cross-cultural workers, staff, donors, volunteers, prayer partners, and those we seek to reach are of greatest worth to us. Because “relationships” and not “formulas” are our method, we exude an entrepreneurial culture where we encourage every member to discern and pursue God’s unique direction for his or her ministry.

Partnership

Since it is the kingdom of God that we are called to express and extend throughout the world, our ministry is about more than ourselves and our organization. We believe that working together enhances our witness and strengthens our ability to make disciples of all nations. As a result, TMS Global pursues partnership in ministry endeavors with churches, nationals, Christian organizations, and individuals.

Prayer

It is only through the power and presence of the Spirit of Christ that we can live up to the high and holy intentions embodied in these values. We acknowledge our absolute dependence on God and seek both His guidance and His strength each day. Therefore, TMS Global is a praying community.