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

Feature Mission Board celebrates
Mission Board Celebrates, Reflects, and Prepares at Last Meeting of Quadrennium
Plano, Texas, March 26, 2012--Weaving together song and prayer, reflections of challenges and successes, and closing up loose ends while preparing to ...
Students from 44 Countries Receive Global Ministries Study Grants
Plano, Texas, March 22, 2012—Two hundred and six students from 44 countries will receive leadership study grants totaling slightly more than a million ...
Mission Map
Engaging in the Church's Global Mission
According to Global Ministries' general secretary, Thomas Kemper, the church must maintain and respect a creative tension between universal and local ...
Rev. Ed. Paup
Death of Edward W. Paup, Former General Secretary
Letter from Bishop Bruce R. Ough: The General Board of Global Ministries is deeply saddened by the death of the Reverend Edward W. Paup. Ed served as ...
Bishop Ough
Bishop Urges Church to Embrace God's Unlimited Imagination
Just weeks before General Conference, directors of the General Board of Global Ministries were challenged to "leave the upper room" and embrace God's ...
New Church Starts Worldwide Featured in Live, Interactive Webcast
New York, NY, March 28, 2011--A live, interactive webcast on April 12 will put the spotlight on United Methodist evangelism and new church development ...
Women's Division and Global Ministries Move Toward a New Relationship
Stamford, CT, April 11, 2011--The chief executive of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries has no doubts that his agency and United ...