By serving with us, you will:
- Become part of a growing and multi-faceted community of laborers in over 200 nations.
- Receive mentoring/nurturing from veteran missionaries and national leaders.
- Be assisted every step of the way by staff who are committed to providing a viable pathway to the harvest.
- Reap the benefits of having the prayer and financial backing of true “supporters”, sharing in your burden to spread the Gospel and make disciples.
WHAT IS ASSOCIATES
Associates in Missions (AIM) and the Associate Missionary Program (AMP) are the two associate programs of the UPCI Global Missions Short-Term Missions ministry.
AIM is the entry-level associate program. AIMers then advance to AMP if they desire a longer overseas commitment.
The purpose of the AIM and AMP programs is to provide needed assistance to the field while also developing a greater burden and vision in the lives of the participants.
Associate programs are the training ground for cross-cultural ministry that can be used at home or abroad. STM seeks to prepare missionaries for tomorrow by training Associates today.
Get Connected! It’s time to MULTIPLY your ministry! Register to attend our National Missions conference in the St. Louis area, October 15-17, 2020.
Depending on your age, you may want to experience an AYC trip sponsored and administrated by UPCI Youth Ministries. AYC trips are open to applicants age 15-35.
The perfect bridge between AYC and AIM, consider applying for our 8-week Next Steps summer training and apprenticeship program.
2020 Locations: East Asia & Fiji
For those who want to skip straight to an AIM appointment, you can apply for a 2-12 month AIM trip. Come one, come all! *Minimum age at time of departure is 18.
ASSOCIATE MISSIONARY PROGRAM
For AIMers on a trajectory toward a career in missions, we now offer the Associate Missionary Program (AMP). It is the recommended next area of service for AIMers to take before applying for Intermediate Missionary or Career Missionary appointments. Associate Missionaries are still part of our Short-Term Missions program but certain areas of promotion and fund-raising are expanded to allow them more access to our UPCI family of churches and donors. AIMers must have served at least 12 months on the field before applying.
MEET OUR TEAM
Director of AIM/Short Term Missions
Jim Poitras has a long history of missions. He started out as an AIMer to Nigeria in the 1980’s, met and married his wife, Linda, there and became a career missionary in 1986. After serving for many years in Ghana, hosting many AIMers along the way, Jim was appointed to serve in his current position in 2011.
Angie has six years experience as an AIMer serving in three regions. She currently helps develop and update our three websites and coordinates the Next Steps program. Her role is that of a “Missions Mobilizer,” with a vision to make room in missions for all generations.
Rachel Zehm, a former Next Stepper, comes to our team from the great state of Arkansas. She served as an AIMer in various countries in Northern Europe for three years, is a general licensed minister and has years of experience and degrees that are a great asset to our team dynamic. We are excited to have her on board and are looking forward to the spice of life she brings our way.
Ashton, formerly a Short-Term Missions intern, has signed on as a full-time team member. Having experienced both an AYC trip and Next Steps assignment, she brings valuable insight and is a huge advocate for being a Global Christian, no matter where you are. She is our new resident Social Media specialist and is a key player in emerging program development and promotion.
Laura Gohdes, who joined our team just before GCXW18, has been raising the bar in the area of hospitality and office support for the GATS program which services over 500 International Bible Schools. She is a quick study and has been instrumental in helping us produce standard operating procedures for several of our positions.
Lexie, a former Next Step participant to Costa Rica, is one of our newest interns assisting with various Short-Term Missions projects in the world headquarters. We’re glad to have her here!
Linda Poitras also has a long history of missions. She started out as an AIMer to Nigeria in the 1980’s, met and married her husband, Jim, there and became a career missionary in 1986. After serving for many years in Ghana, hosting many AIMers along the way, Linda has been volunteering in the office to support short-term missions programs since 2011.
Go! Center Volunteer Coach
Tia, with nearly four years of experience in the world headquarters office, is the one you want to talk to if you have questions about opportunities around the world within our organization. She is a networker extraordinaire who skillfully uses her gifts to manage and expand the Go! Center. Her Next Steps and other missions experiences combined with her passion to help connect people to the harvest make her an effective “coach”.