What is U.M. ARMY?

United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth is an opportunity for youth and adults to experience Christian growth through service to others. Participants combine their strengths to meet the needs of neighbors who are unable to pay for the work, or who cannot physically do the work for themselves. Local social service agencies, community and church organizations provide referrals for the mission work. Jobs are selected and completed based on the greatest need.

U.M. ARMY in Kentucky19657109_10209234616317888_6760643135716579507_n

Beginning in summer 2018, U.M. ARMY will partner with the Camp and Retreat Ministry of the Kentucky Annual Conference UMC. Participants will take on mission projects in the communities near the Kentucky Conference retreat centers. We will eat, sleep, enjoy fun evening activities and worship in the beautiful retreat facilities. Participants are divided into work teams of four to six youth with adult support for the week. U.M.ARMY youth and adults will work together on a variety of projects at local non-profit agencies and will also complete needed home repairs and small construction projects for neighbors in need.


March 12-16, Loucon Retreat Center, Leitchfield, KY, College Age – Spring Break

$299 per person

(First year beyond high school and older)

June 17-23, Kavanaugh Retreat Center, Crestwood, KY, High School Mission

$454 per person

(Completed 8th grade and older)

July 9-13, Kavanaugh Retreat Center, Crestwood, KY, Middle School Mission

$346 per person

(Completed 6th, 7th or 8th grade)

Our Vision

Simply put, after 40 years of mission work with youth, we feel called to share the U.M. ARMY ministry with more people in more locations. We are excited that the Kentucky Annual Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry has a common calling of serving others and a passion for promoting spiritual growth and leadership development in young people. We trust that the long-term impact of U.M. ARMY mission work at these centers will change the quality of life in surrounding communities and further our Christian mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

CLICK HERE to register for one of our Kentucky Retreat Center Mission Opportunities

For more Information Contact [email protected]

Download a printable brochure about our Kentucky Partnership