Ubuntu Journeys Program
United Methodist Women Team Leader Application
Name: Church of Membership:
Address: City: State: Zip:
Phone: Cell: E-mail:
Location of the Ubuntu Journey(s) for which you are applying:
Dates you would like to lead a team:
1. UMVIM Team Leader Training: Date: Place & Trainer
2. Date of Safe Sanctuaries Certification (if applicable):
3. List teams of which you have been either a United Methodist Women (UMW) or a United Methodist Volunteers In
Mission (UMVIM) team leader:
Date Site Country or U.S. State
4. If you have not been a UMVIM team leader, please list UMVIM teams in which you have participated:
Date Site Country or U.S. State
6. Indicate any language other than English you speak ________________________________
5. On separate sheet describe other UMW activities and why you will be a good team leader.
The information in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I authorize any references or churches listed in
this application to give information to UMW that they may have regarding my character and fitness for UMW/Volunteers
In Mission work. I release all such references from liability for any damage that may result from furnishing such
evaluations and I waive any right that I may have to inspect references provided on my behalf. Should my application be
accepted, I agree to be bound by United Methodist Women and United Methodist Volunteers In Mission policies.
Applicant’s Signature: Date:
The pastor of the church and/or the UMW local president has approved this applicant as an Ubuntu Journey team leader.
Pastor or UMW Local Unit President’s Signature Date:
Thank you for applying to be an Ubuntu Journey UMW team leader. Please have the reference forms filled out by your
pastor, your UMW local unit President and one other person. Please mail these forms to:
Ubuntu Journey, United Methodist Women, Consultant 1 High Bluff Road Villa 2012 Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone/Fax: (843) 342-7092 (must phone first) or e-mail: email@example.com
Reference Form: Ubuntu Journey Team Leader
(Name of applicant)
This person has applied to be an Ubuntu Journey team leader for United Methodist Women-United Methodist
Volunteers In Mission and has given your name as a reference. Please state frankly your opinion of the applicant’s all-
around fitness for Christian service as a United Methodist Women-United Methodist Volunteers In Mission team leader
by answering the following questions and summary. Please write answers on a separate document and return with this
1. Please give any information regarding the applicant’s background (family, education, experiences) that you feel
might bear upon her suitability for this service.
2. Does the applicant show good judgment and possess the ability to make decisions and follow through on them?
3. To what extent does the applicant demonstrate leadership? Give examples including UMW activities.
4. What type of influence does the applicant exert? Does the applicant respond well to authority? Comment on the
applicant’s ability to cooperate and work with others.
5. Comment on the applicant’s sensitivity to the needs, feelings and attitudes of others.
6. Estimate the candidate’s ability in her profession.
7. What is the applicant’s attitude toward other cultural groups, races and nationalities?
8. How does this person respond under pressure? Would you feel comfortable in another country with this
person as team leader?
9. Have you had any reason to lack confidence in this applicant?
SUMMARY: Please state frankly your opinion of the applicant’s all-around fitness for Christian service as a United
Methodist Women-United Methodist Volunteers In Mission Ubuntu Journey team leader, adding significant information
and impressions not brought out by the preceding questions.
Reference Form: Ubuntu Journey Team Leader p.1
Name of Applicant:
Phone: Cell: Home:
Association with Applicant:
(Pastor, UMW local president, co-worker, etc.)
Please return this form to:
United Methodist Women, Consultant
1 High Bluff Road Villa 2012
Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone/Fax: (843) 342-7092 (must phone first)
Reference Form: Ubuntu Journey Team Leader p.2
Selection and Training of Ubuntu Team Leaders
The sponsoring body may wish to meet with several candidates in order to locate the one who best exhibits the
desired character and qualities of a team leader. The discussion should deal realistically with qualities needed in team
members as well as in the team leader. It should also center on the numerous tasks involved in organizing an
UMW/UMVIM team. The mission team leader will be required to pull together all phases of team preparation and on-
site activities to ensure a successful mission experience
Great care must be taken in the selection of a team leader. The team leader will be a major factor in the effectiveness
and success of the mission. It is imperative that the selected team leader have some experience as a team member or
co-leader. The importance of this background cannot be overstated. In addition, team leadership training is invaluable,
and it is strongly recommended. All Jurisdictional and most annual conference UMVIM organizations provide training
for potential team leaders.
PREREQUISITES FOR LEADING AN UBUNTU EXPLORER JOURNEY TEAM
In order to lead a UMW team, a person should first:
Participate in an UMW team project.
Attend UMW/UMVIM team leader training.
Be endorsed by his or her pastor or local UMW president.
Complete an application process.
QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CONSIDERING A PERSON TO BECOME A TEAM LEADER
What role does this person currently hold in her local church and United Methodist Women local/unit?
Do the members of her church respect this person?
Would you want to be stranded thousands of miles away from home with this person?
Is this person willing to gain the training necessary to accomplish the task?
What group leadership experience does this person possess?
QUALITIES TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING AN UMW TEAM LEADER
An understanding and commitment to the purpose of United Methodist Women and an understanding of
the mission of the Women’s Division.
Travel knowledge and cultural sensitivity.
Flexibility and patience, patience, patience.
Leadership skills in organization and decision making, ability to delegate responsibilities to team members,
and willingness to include the team in the process.
Financial management skills or ability to delegate to a team member this responsibility.
Ability to recruit team members and locate resources.
Interpersonal skills and communication skills for dealing with team members and contact persons of the
sponsoring ministry and the host team.
An enthusiastic, caring, positive attitude that enables the person to be a motivator.
Willingness to invest time and energy to prepare, guide, and supervise mission team members.
Ability to be a problem solver.
Ability to set a good example for the team.
A sense of humor.