Methodist Partnerships for Mission
Top leaders from the General Board of Global Ministries met representatives of the Methodist Church of Great Britain to continue conversations about partnering for mission.
The two-day meeting took place at the Global Ministries New York offices. Thomas Kemper, who is the head of Global Ministries, said that the meetings happen every two years and “show the growing collaboration between The United Methodist Church and the British Methodist Church in its international mission work."
Jorge Lockward, director of Global Praise for Global Ministries, leads worship at the start of a two-day meeting with the Methodist Church of Great Britain. Photo: Thomas Kemper
The agenda included discussion on roundtable approaches to mission, international congregations, fundraising methods, strengthening relationships in the Holy Land and mission education.
The partners had their first roundtable meeting in 2010 in New York City. In 2012, the group met in London. Later that year the two agencies partnered with the World Methodist Council to open a Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem.
The General Board of Global Ministries is active in more than 130 countries. It facilitates mission and development around the world, including disaster response, sending missionaries and building church leadership.
The Methodist Church in Britain works with 60 partner churches worldwide in four geographical areas: Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, as well as the Methodist Church in Ireland. The church sends and receives mission partners, arranges scholarships for students, and advises on the mutual sharing of resources and experiences with their partner churches.