Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Global Ministries - ConnectNMission
March 2015 · Issue 4

A worshiping congregation in Cambodia that includes Global Ministries Missionary Joseph Chan (far right).
Worship is a vital and significant part in the life of any congregation. It draws us closer to God and lifts our spirits as we sing praises. But, setting the atmosphere with the right elements are also key to our worship experiences.

A grant from Global Ministries to the Cambodian National Caucus of the United Methodist Church will equip lay leaders, clergy and local pastors to plan for an effective worship service through worship design training.

The training will foster open discussions on sanctuary decoration, liturgy, media systems and formulating an order of worship in the context of faith and culture that will create a more inviting and engaging worship environment for the Cambodian church community.

In the US, the Cambodian community is richly blessed with deep experiences and spiritual gifts that enrich people’s lives. These training sessions, conducted in the Cambodian language, will help Cambodian-American delegates strengthen their worship experiences to make a lasting spiritual impression upon the church community so they will be regularly uplifted, renewed and empowered.

The grant funds will also support the Cambodia Consultation in August, which will focus on creating partnerships among Global Ministries, Cambodian American churches, and Cambodian National churches.

Pray for the world’s healing in regards to race relations.
Regina Henderson, associate general secretary of Justice and Relationships for Global Ministries, offers a prayer of peace for a world divided by race. March 21 is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a United Nations observance.

“For Christ himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility.”

—Ephesians 2:14

God of river-flowing justice, we pray for a world filled with peace amid communities divided by race and discrimination. Our prayer is not to make us color blind for we want to experience and appreciate all of Your creation. We pray, O God, You make our hearts blind to the unjust hatred, slothful beliefs, unmerited privilege and abusive power. By your Spirit, teach us to see all persons as Christ’s beloved. Amen.

—Regina Henderson, Associate General Secretary, Justice and Relationships, Global Ministries

Thomas Kemper General Secretary of Global Ministries.
The newly elected Commission on World Mission and Evangelism is meeting this week for the first time after the Busan assembly of the World Council of Churches in Bossey, Switzerland. I am excited to represent The United Methodist Church on this commission, which produced—for approval in Busan—the first new statement on mission and evangelism for the WCC since 1982: “Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes.”

We are exploring ways in which the document can be used in mission theology and mission education and how it can be made relevant for the vitality of our local churches. The assembly in Busan also called for a pilgrimage of justice and peace. How can “Together Towards Life” be relevant in moving forward in this spirit?

Read more of Thomas Kemper’s reflection on the broad theological outlook of “Together Towards Life” mission document.

Watch this video to hear what Global Mission Fellows are saying about the benefits of serving in mission through Generation Transformation, the young adult mission program of Global Ministries. You, too, can be a part of an exciting mission experience to help transform lives.

Global Mission Fellows is a 2-year mission opportunity for young adults ages 20-30. Young adults are invited to engage with the local communities, connect the church in mission, and grow in personal and social holiness. This program allows for transformation and leadership development to take place while addressing roots of social injustices with other young people from around the world.

Application deadline is March 31, 2015. Apply now!

National UMC Caring for Creation Conference
March 18-21, 2015: Northeastern Jurisdiction Disaster Academy
Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
Northeastern Jurisdiction UMVIM - UMCOR Training Academy

April 23-25, 2015: Worship + Service, a Ministry With* Training Event
St. John’s UMC, Houston, Texas
Learn how to grow a culturally diverse congregation.

April 24-25, 2015: Environmental Resurrection: Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters
Decatur First United Methodist Church, Decatur, GA
8th Annual National Caring for Creation Conference: Keynotes include: Dr. Olusimbo Ige, director of the new Global Health unit of Global Ministries; Pat Watkins missionary for Care of God's Creation; Global Ministries, and Denise Honeycutt, deputy general secretary, UMCOR.

Photos in order of appearance: Joseph Chan; Jessica Brody; Cassandra Zampini; Diamond Pate and graphic image courtesy Decatur First United Methodist Church.
Subscribe to our Newsletter