Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Find the Resources of Global Ministries

Global Ministries hosts an extensive collection of primary documents, publications, and multimedia materials that reflect the depth and breadth of our projects and programs. Browse the following online collections to learn more about our activities.

For Worship: Hymns, Songs, Litanies, and Sermons

  • Gather and Sing – Discover the resources of Global Praise, a program that gathers and shares music from the global Methodist connection. Browse the songbooks celebrating faith from around the world. Listen to 30-second clips from the songbooks.
  • A Litany Symbolic of Global Diversity - The "Litany of Five Loaves" for the Service of Holy Communion includes five kinds of breads symbolic of the church's diversity.
  • Global Song - Learn songs from several different countries, with lessons for congregational singing.

For Seasonal Events and Days in the Liturgical Calendar

Lent 2013

  • Lent and Easter – Locate dates and other resources centered on the Lenten season. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a period of 40 days, not including Sundays, that precede Easter.
  • Pentecost - the seventh Sunday after Easter.
  • Churchwide Special Sundays – Six Special Sundays have been designated to help congregations build communities, sustain Native American ministries, promote humanitarian relief efforts, advocate for justice, and fund scholarship opportunities.

Our Publications

  • New World Outlook – The United Methodist Church’s mission magazine, available in print and electronic versions, publishes mission features and stories on in-depth topics.

For Watching and Sharing: Multimedia Resources

  • Media Gallery. Browse videos which illustrate significant meetings and services of Global Ministries.

Theology of Mission

The Mission Theology statement guides Global Ministries’ participation in the Missio Dei. The statement frames Global Ministries’ role within the denominational mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The transforming power belongs to God, and Global Ministries is in mission to witness to what God has done and is doing, and to learn from what God is doing in every land where disciples gather in the name of Jesus Christ. Read the Theology of Mission.

UMNS1329-  John Wesley preaches in the meeting house of Mathew Bagshaw in Nottingham, England, in 1747. Art is courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries

Read the sermons of John Wesley.
UMNS1329-  John Wesley preaches in the meeting house of Mathew Bagshaw in Nottingham, England, in 1747. Art is courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.


Special Days, Annual Events, and Months of Celebration

New Year
- January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- third Monday of January

Black History Month
- February

Women's History Month - March

Native American Ministries Sunday - April 10

World Malaria Day
- April 25

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month - May

Hispanic Heritage Month
– September 15-October 15

International Day of Prayer for Peace
- September 21

Children's Sabbath - second weekend in October

Thanksgiving - November

Giving Tuesday - 1st Tuesday after Thanksgiving

World AIDS Day - December 1

Children's Resources