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Organizational Overview

Founded in 1983, World Mission Associates is a global nonprofit organization that mobilizes a movement of Christ followers who make disciples by using methods that lead to local sustainability and spontaneous multiplication in global missions. We believe local sustainability is the catalyst which empowers people to birth, grow, and sustain their own efforts – resulting in local dignity, local vision, local resources, local creativity and local leadership.
The long-term vision and goal of World Mission Associates is to transform the global mission context to one of sustainability, dignity, and possibility.
Through commitment to the Great Commission, World Mission Associates promotes the development of local leadership, local funding, local decision-making, and mission outreach among churches and ministries worldwide. This is accomplished through the publication of literature, consultations, teaching and training, coaching, and conferences for missionaries, churches, and cross-cultural leaders.

Executive Director

World Mission Associates, Jean Johnson
Jean Johnson
Executive Director
Jean Johnson joined the WMA team in 2011. With over 29 years of ministry experience, Jean serves as a missionary and coach as well as WMA’s Executive Program Director. She is the author of We Are Not the Hero: A Missionary’s Guide to Sharing Christ, Not a Culture of Dependency. Jean holds a B.A. in cross-cultural communications from North Central University, Minneapolis, MN, where she also taught as a missionary-in-residence from 2009-2012.

Upon completing her education, Jean worked as a church planter for six years living and serving among Cambodians in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Consecutively, Jean continued her work serving as a career missionary in Cambodia for sixteen years (1992-2009). Jean trained Cambodians through modeling and facilitating how to plant churches that have the vision, God-given authority, and capacity to plant others churches. Her vision for and practice of church planting is encompassed in the Cambodian proverb, “Enter a river where it bends; enter a country by its customs.”

At heart, Jean is a cross-cultural communicator who specializes in worldview strategic church planting, oral strategies, and on-the-job pastoral training. Jean’s current role at WMA reflects her tenured missionary experience. Jean teaches, coaches, and trains missionaries, pastors, church committees, organizations, and short-term mission teams on how to intentionally build-in sustainability, indigeneity, and multiplication in missions and disciple-making efforts throughout the world.

Drawing from her unique life experiences serving Cambodians both stateside and internationally, Jean invites you on a learning journey to discover ways to contribute to self-sustaining and reproducing church planting movements that are biblically rooted and culturally relevant. Presently, Jean makes her home in Minneapolis where she enjoys reading, writing, spending time with family and friends, walks in nature, biking, and ice cream.

Media Contact

Jean Johnson
2148 Embassy Drive
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 298-4198


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Press Release

“World Mission Associates Received 2014 Best of Lancaster Award,” August 12, 2014

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