Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Board of Directors

The membership of the General Board of Global Ministries is composed of up to 37 directors during the 2016-2020 quadrennium.

Directors of the Board are charged with the following responsibilities:


  • Review, develop, and evaluate policies set by The Book of Discipline, the Board's bylaws, and the charter;
  • Approve and commission missionaries;
  • Develop program objectives and goals for the Board;
  • Provide for the administration of the work;
  • Fundraise for the Board;
  • Interpret the work of the Board;
  • Adopt a budget and monitor finances.

Board of Directors Meetings News

Special grants augment mission in 51 countries
Two hundred thirty-eight United Methodist mission workers in their own countries will receive modest support grants for 2019.
Expanding partnerships with Native Americans
From grants approved to land returned, Global Ministries has renewed its commitment to Native American ministries. Read about these actions taken and ...
The General Secretary's Report
Mission Agency to Return Ohio Land Long Held in Trust for Native American Nation
Fall board meeting to focus on Native American ministries
Global Ministries’ annual fall board of directors meeting kicks off this week. Native American Methodists help directors look at the shared history of ...
Justice, mercy, and equality for all
Global Ministries and UMCOR staff and board members will commemorate King’s legacy during this year’s spring board meeting.
The Church: Constantly Reformed for Mission
General Secretary Thomas Kemper outlines Global Ministries' mission theology and form for the immediate future during the agency's board of directors ...
Videos: Global Ministries First Board Meeting of the Quadrennium in Atlanta, Georgia
Watch videos of Global Ministries first Board Meeting of the Quadrennium and the official dedication of its new space in Atlanta, Georgia