Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

  • 2012 School of Congregational Development (SCD) - The 2012 School of Congregational Development promises to be an exciting experience for all who attend.
  • A Spiritual Giant Step - Bill Dudleson, recently commissioned a home missioner, says he’s taken a big step in his spiritual journey.
  • Breaking Bread with the Homeless - Delegates and guests at General Conference 2012 ate and sang with homeless people in downtown Tampa to celebrate the church’s emphasis on Ministry with the Poor.
  • Congo Youth Capture Hearts of United Methodists - Four brothers and a sister from the Congo took the United Methodist General Conference to its knees and brought it to its feet as they sang “O Happy Day…when Jesus washed my sins away.”
  • DREAMers Affirmed - The United Methodist Church approved a resolution urging Congress to adopt the DREAM Act, which would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth.
  • Feed My Sheep - The preacher put a hard question to the audience: Do United Methodists love Jesus more than they do all the denominational trappings, debating, and number counting?
  • GC 2012 Supports Haiti Development - General Conference 2012 ratified a Global Ministries resolution urging support for the reconstruction and development of Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.
  • GC 2012: You Are Not Alone - World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit addressed the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, lifting up the ecumenical movement as a way forward.
  • General Conference Approves United Methodist Women Autonomy - By a vote of 889 to 20, General Conference made United Methodist Women an autonomous organization within the United Methodist Church May 1 during its quadrennial meeting Tampa, Fla.
  • General Conference Offerings for Mission and Ministries - United Methodist delegates and guests at their legislating General Conference gave more than $27,000.00 for missionary support and other ministries during the meeting in Tampa.
  • Hope’s Blend: Not Your Ordinary Joe - Hope’s Blend is not your ordinary “Joe.” As a fair-trade coffee, specially blended to mark 10 years of partnership between UMCOR and producer Equal Exchange, a sip of it brings a little bit of heaven to struggling and determined small-scale farmers in Africa.
  • Memory to Vision in Global Mission - Thomas Kemper, general secretary Global Ministries, spoke to the transition from “memory” to “vision” in the church’s mission in the 21st century at a Friends of Mission Luncheon.
  • Methodist Role in 1864 Indian Massacre - The UM Church has pledged to work with Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in seeking justice for an 1864 massacre of 168 Native Americans in which Methodist leaders were complicit.
  • New Collegiate Ministries Program for Young Adults - Starting in 2012, select young adults from the Mission Intern and US-2 programs will be commissioned as Collegiate Ministries Mission Interns and Collegiate Ministries US-2s.
  • Nora and Wilson Boots Are Honored - Passionate and committed were the words used to describe the honorees of the Encounter with Christ dinner held at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa on Monday.
  • Nuclear Safety - After Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters last year, The United Methodist Church updated its resolution urging responsible, safe use of nuclear energy in the United States.
  • Pacific Islanders Welcome New Ministry Plan - “Our kalia (canoe) has arrived and been welcomed,” said the Rev. Sione Veikoso, of the passage by General Conference of a comprehensive plan for Pacific Islander ministry in the US.
  • Partner Churches Mentor One Another - New Hope UMC in Wisconsin entered into an In Mission Together partnership with Russe UMC in Bulgaria, bringing a revitalized sense of faith and perseverance amid secular societies.
  • Peace and Development in Afghanistan - The UMC urged “an immediate unilateral cease fire” and other measures in Afghanistan by Afghan, US, and NATO powers to end the long war in that country.
  • Science and Crayons in Pakistani Camp - UMCOR is supporting a refugee camp near Peshawar in Pakistan—especially its mothers and children—with a literacy program called Welcome to School.
  • Shaken to Destiny - Through ARI’s training, participants like Gontran learn integrated organic farming techniques, rural leadership, community building, and animal husbandry.
  • SPSARV Podcast: Transitional Housing for Men in Recovery - Bridge to Recovery (BTR) offers a safe and supportive temporary home to men waiting to find a long-term treatment program.
  • The Methodist Minority in Ukraine - Graduating participants from an interdenominational college fellowship who don’t want to lose their faith connections have helped to plant St. John’s United Methodist Church in L'viv, Ukraine.
  • The Sea is Wide: US-2 in Nebraska - Kevin Huff was raised in Chicago and educated in Washington DC, so the logical next step was for him to move to Nebraska.
  • United Methodism Encourages Russian Seminarians - The fact that The United Methodist Church has a worldwide reach is "inspiring and encouraging" to students of the denomination's theological seminary in Moscow, Russia.
  • United Methodists Conflicted in Solidarity Measures with Palestinians - “A lot of words,” commented David Hosey after the votes on two resolutions on solidarity with Palestinians were tallied. “The words were there, but the nonviolent actions toward a just peace were not.
  • United Methodists Endorse New Episcopal Area in Congo - The United Methodist Church decided to increase its number of bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from three to four.
  • US-2 Reaches Youth and Young Adults - “Fifty years ago,” says US-2 Ashley Rosser, “the church was a social hub.” How can we keep young people involved? Ashley insists that “the church has to be relevant.”