Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

About The Advance

The Advance is an official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Through The Advance, United Methodist annual conferences, districts, local churches, and organizations, as well as individuals and families, may choose to support mission programs or mission personnel with their financial gifts. Each Advance project has been vetted and approved by Global Ministries and Advance staff.

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One hundred percent of all Advance giving goes to the chosen mission project or ministry.

Since its founding in 1948, The Advance has helped channel over three million gifts totaling over one billion dollars to thousands of projects and ministries around the world.

The Advance strives to be the leading conduit for United Methodist designated giving. We offer the church an integrated package to channel designated giving to connectional projects and mission personnel.  The Advance works with church leaders around the world to ensure that approved projects are aligned with the goals of The United Methodist Church in the local area, help develop partnerships that are mutually advantageous, tell the story of projects and missionaries, and report how giving is making an impact.

The Advance has been a lifeline for tens of thousands of mission endeavors.View a timeline of 60 years of its history or Download and print a graphical version PDF (1 pp, 850K)

Our Mission

The Advance is an accountable, designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church that ensures 100% of each gift is used for its intended mission or ministry. Our work fulfills both physical and spiritual needs through a variety of partnerships worldwide to reach mutual goals that make a life-changing and long-lasting impact.

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E-Academy Equipping Future Pastors
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Project works to restore dignity and promote socio-economic development for communities in the Middle East.
NOMADS project helps with new construction, remodeling, repairing churches, children's homes, and more.
NOMADS Know Their Destinations
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RISSE offers language and literacy instruction and helps develop life skills and integration into the U.S. culture.
Learning language, literacy, life skills
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The Advance
475 Riverside Drive, Room 350
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212-870-3790
Fax: 212-870-3775
Email: advance@umcmission.org