Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

About Global Ministries


Purpose, Vision, and Goals

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations.

Purpose: Connecting the Church in mission

Vision: The General Board of Global Ministries equips and transforms people and places for God's mission around the world.

Four Mission Goals:

  1. Make disciples of Jesus Christ;

  2. Strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities;

  3. Alleviate human suffering;

  4. Seek justice, freedom, and peace.

Connecting the Church in Mission

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A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission.As a biblically rooted and historically informed organization, Global Ministries facilitates engagement in God's mission.

As part of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.

Get an overview of the work of Global Ministries and its different programs with this downloadable booklet.


Selected Resources

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.

We asked our guests at Global Ministries to define mission. Read Mission Minute to find out what they said.

Learn more about Global Ministries

Learn about career opportunities, the United Methodist Church, and the latest news. Download or view the brochure, Connect to Global Mission, for an overview of the activities and programs of Global Ministries.

To learn in person, come meet us by scheduling a Mission Seminar at our headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., or organize a Mission Celebration and we will come to meet you!

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