Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

  • “Signs” of Life in Lay Ministries - The ministry of the laity moves front and center at the 2012 General Conference when cameras zoom in on the four women interpreting the proceedings in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • "Do Everything as in the Presence of God" - "Do everything as in the immediate presence of God," was the advice given to the delegates meeting in Tampa, to conduct the business and future of The United Methodist Church.
  • 40 New Persons in Mission Service - Voices of the worldwide Methodist family came together to bless and celebrate 40 persons being sent into the world as missionaries and deaconesses to witness to God’s love, mercy, and justice.
  • A 21st Century Approach to Mission - Imagine No Malaria models a 21st-century approach to mission, one built on partnership and capacity building.
  • A Heart for Youth - Though God told me many years ago that I would one day work as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, God didn’t let me know that I would be involved in a new church start!
  • A River of Mission Ministries in Tampa - General Conference celebrated the mission outreach of the church in a Sunday evening plenary highlighting 13 agencies, programs, and special initiatives.
  • Act of Repentance for Church's Past Wrongs - Missionary Donna Chatt Pewo prays that United Methodist repentance for past injustice to Native Americans will open doors for her ministry among Arapaho and Cheyenne children.
  • Celebrating Young Adults in Mission - A conference August 2-5, in Arlington, Virginia, on Young Adult Mission Service.
  • Come to the Banquet: General Conference 2012 - As the 2012 General Conference nears, delegates and other church leaders are commenting on some of the major issues that will be before the lawmaking body.
  • Critical Issues at General Conference - "When we were baptized, we were baptized into ministry with the poor," retired Bishop Joel Martínez reminded delegates to the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
  • Disciples of Jesus Christ: Young People's Address - The Young People's address at General Conference was given by Krin Ali from the Rocky Mountain Conference and Joy Eva Bohol from Cebu, Philippines, Visayas Conference.
  • Facing Global AIDS - The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund is helping delegates, observers, and staff at General Conference 2012 put a face on the global impact of HIV and AIDS.
  • General Conference Recognizes Provisional Units - The General Conference of The United Methodist Church regularized the seating of delegates from a dozen "provisional" annual (regional) conferences.
  • God’s Love and Healing in Mongolia - Mongolian church leaders are finding that people are hungering for the gospel of Jesus Christ, said Bishop Jeremiah Park, episcopal leader of the New York Annual Conference.
  • Happy Easter - Mission Musings Blog: Love and Easter greetings from Clara Biswas and Street Children Ministry in Cambodia
  • Historic Easter Service Marks its 20th Anniversary - Twenty years ago, the first-ever telebridge united Moscow and Shreveport, LA in the US. Broadmoor UMC and First UCM in Ekaterinburg – came together for a special Easter celebration.
  • Husband and Wife Strengthen Honduras Church - Missionaries from Colombia serve with Methodist Mission in Honduras.
  • Kara in Colombia: Finding a Voice - I interviewed Kara Johansen Crawford while she was on her lunch break in Bogota, Colombia. She's been there for the past six months working for the Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC).
  • Laity Holds Key to Church's Mission - Three lay speakers, including the first from Africa, expressed the critical role laity must play to fulfill the mission of The United Methodist Church.
  • Lighten the Burden, Stand Firm in Faith - Dr. Donald Messer, chair of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, opened the Lighten the Burden event in Tampa, Florida, with dire statistics about HIV/AIDS in the world.
  • Marjorie Hurder, US-2, at Ecumenical Advocacy Days - Mission Musings Blog: Marjorie Hurder joined with more than 750 Christians from all over the United States to gather in Washington, DC, to participate in the Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference.
  • Marjorie Hurder: US-2 in Salt Lake City - Marjorie is serving as a US-2. Fresh out of college, she moved from her home in Louisiana to Salt Lake City, Utah, to begin work with Crossroads Urban Center
  • Methodist Church Will Open a New Office in the Holy Land - The Methodist Church is increasing its ministry in the world with a new office in the Holy Land.
  • Missionaries from 11 Countries to be Commissioned in Tampa - Twenty-three new missionaries are being commissioned by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries on April 29 during General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
  • Missionaries Tell their Stories - "Missionaries are the ligaments that provide the connections that draw other people and other parts of the church together," said the Rev. Skip Hodges.
  • One-Handed Thanks Is Good Enough - Missionary pilot Jacques Umembudi, with the Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a delegate to General Conference for the Central Congo Conference.
  • Partners Bring World into Focus - One minute the world is out-of-focus. The next, everything is crystal clear. That's the gift the United Methodist Church in Cameroon is giving to their neighbors.
  • Partnership Establishes Miracle Tree Forests - Tolerant of drought and poor soil and fast growing, the moringa tree (M. oleifera) is a living miracle. Almost every part of the tree from the roots to the flowers is beneficial. It can be harvested as food, used for forage for animals, and made a water purifier, fertilizer, or a variety of traditional medicines.
  • Pre-General Conference Briefing - More than 500 people packed a ballroom of the Tampa Convention Center in Florida for a pre-conference briefing for delegates to the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, April 24.
  • Rally Highlights: Private Prison Detention - Coinciding with a rally to end increased detention-for-profit policies, UMW members descended on General Conference to declare Saturday, April 28, 2012 “United Methodist Women Day.”
  • Sending Shalom in a Messenger Bag - The work of Haitian artisans will be highlighted at The Advance’s General Conference booth.
  • Speaking in Many Different Tongues - There are seven official languages for this year’s conference. About 140 experienced translators will interpret for the 450 delegates from the central conferences.
  • Taking Pressure at General Conference - A total of 35 parish nurses from the Tampa area are taking the pressure off hundreds of delegates, observers, and staff attending the 2012 General Conference.
  • Tampa Event Geared to Immigrant Detention - A rally to protest the growing private prison industry in the US, especially the use of such facilities to incarcerate immigrants, is set for Tampa, during the 2012 General Conference.
  • Tears and Other Acts of Repentance - At a dinner last night (April 26) hosted by the Native American Comprehensive plan, more than 50 people gathered from about 20 different tribal groups.
  • Texas Church Hosts Global Ministries Directors - New York, New York, April 2, 2012—Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, rolled out the welcome mat for directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, which held their last meeting of the denomination's current quadrennial cycle.
  • The Covenant Relationship Comes Full Circle - Second-mile giving through the advance supports missionaries. Explores covenant relationships of the Theis and Mozart Adevu
  • The United Methodist Church in Tanzania - Global Ministries missionaries to Tanzania Rev. Umba Llunga Kalangwa, Ngoy Mulunga Kalangwa, the Rev. Mutwali Wa Mushidi, and Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine are delegates to the 2012 General Conference.
  • Theological Education in China and the US - April 16 dialogue between theological professors and administrators of the CCC-TSPM in China and US participants
  • UM Conference Opens with Mission Themes - The call of Jesus to disciples and the sending of his followers into the world with the message of God's love were major themes in a worship opening the 2012 General Conference.
  • We Have a River - Mission Musings blog: "That is how I think of mission: a rolling river coursing through the bloodstream of humanity and all creation."
  • Why Are We Counting Firsts in 2012? - It is very difficult for white Americans of European descent to understand what life has been like for the first peoples in their own land.
  • Will We Catch on Fire or Tear Each Other Down? - Will folks gather in Tampa and watch us catch on fire with the Spirit's enthusiasm? Or will they witness us tearing each other down?
  • Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry - Missionary pilot Gaston Ntambo is attending General Conference as a delegate for the North Katanga Conference, DR Congo.