UMC Ministry Focus

Our Ministry Focus as
United Methodists

These four areas of focus express the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. Narrowing our focus to these four areas allows churches to use their resources effectively as they live out God’s vision for the church.


Ministering with the Poor

"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me." — Matthew 25:40

One of the four areas of mission focus for the church is Ministry with the Poor. United Methodists seek to improve the quality of life and opportunities for all God’s people. As John Wesley did, we also seek to change conditions that are unjust, alienating, and disempowering. 

The church engages in ministries to eradicate poverty by partnering with, and empowering, those in need. The Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church leads the way as the whole church works to be relationship-driven rather than resource-driven.


Improving Global Health

"I was sick and you visited me." — Matthew 25:36

As United Methodists, we care about the health and well being of all people. In the Wesleyan tradition, the Christian faith is not a solitary journey. We are part of a larger community — our church families, our neighborhoods, and the world. 

The Global Health Initiative is major area of focus for the ministry of The United Methodist Church, which aims to combat diseases of poverty such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis—as well as provide health education, advocacy, and infrastructure. We have long been a key player in the fight against malaria through the hospitals, clinics, and missions centers we have operated across Africa for more than 160 years.


Developing Leaders

All Christians are called to a ministry of sharing God’s love in the world. Some have the vocation ofleading the church in its work of forming disciples and equipping congregations to live out God’s mission in the world.

The United Methodist Church recognizes the critical importance of developing new leaders to guide the church through changing times. Principled, visionary and effective ordained and lay leaders  help United Methodists grow in faith and in sharing God’s love with others.

According to Bishop Sally Dyck, creating leaders requires intentional discipleship formation for all members and “includes the full shaping of Christian faith from cradle to grave.” In the act of baptizing a child or young person, the whole congregation commits to forming “principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.”

The United Methodist Church is focusing on inviting and preparing young people, including women and people of color, to become clergy who lead the church in world-transforming ministry.

Training and sending laypeople is another focus. The early Methodist movement grew through the efforts of laity who led small groups, taught Bible study, provided outreach ministry, and led the administrative life of the church. Developing and nurturing strong lay leaders is another important component of creating a church fully engaged in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world.


Creating New and Renewed Congregations

Around the world, United Methodists are innovating with what it means to be the church—planting new congregations and revitalizing faith communities in every kind of setting. United Methodists seek to re-evangelize the world so that we can reach more people, especially the young and those from diverse backgrounds. By being relevant and vital, United Methodists will touch more lives and draw more people to Christ.