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Volunteer Vincent Salazar (right) helps a team with the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Manila as they load bags of relief supplies for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications

Volunteer Vincent Salazar (right) helps a team with the United Methodist Committee on Relief in Manila as they load bags of relief supplies for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

How We Serve

United Methodists continue to heed the lessons John Wesley taught his followers: to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed; being a compassionate presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.

We achieve this goal by serving throughout the world in different ways. In 2008, church leadership designated four areas of ministry focus for all levels of the church.

The Four Areas of Focus are:

The church also has always been deeply committed to disaster relief and advocacy efforts. It is part of our Wesleyan DNA. All of these efforts to serve God also serve our neighbors and fulfill our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Explore this section of the site to read stories of church members in action, find resources and ways you can get involved and serve, and learn tips from other vital congregations.

The Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith (left) visits with Lester, a homeless man who is taking shelter inside a box culvert beneath a busy street in El Paso, Texas. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Four Areas of Focus: Ministering With the Poor

United Methodists seek to alleviate conditions that undermine quality of life and limit the opportunity to flourish. More

Health worker Juliana Koroma (right) takes a blood sample from Issata Jusu for a malaria test at the Koribondo Community Health Center near Bo, Sierra Leone. Holding the child is her is her mother, Umu Koroma. At rear is health worker Ishmael Karoma. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Four Areas of Focus: Improving Global Health

We believe the church can play a significant role in treating and preventing diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria. More

The Rev. HiRho Y. Park. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Four Areas of Focus: Developing Leaders

The church must recruit young people for ministry and provide them with the skills to be effective leaders. More

The Rev. Jerry Herships (left) shares sandwiches in ministry to the hungry and homeless as part of outreach of AfterHours Denver

Four Areas of Focus: Growing Vital Churches

In our commitment to transform the world, we will reach out with genuine hospitality to people wherever they are. More

United Methodists and other Christians gather at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville to ask leaders to reconsider a new law allowing the state to execute death row inmates using the electric chair. About 50 people joined in the protest. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Advocating for Justice

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. More

The Underwater Investigation Unit of the Baton Rouge Police Department rescues people trapped by the Louisiana floodwaters.

United Methodists Responding to Disaster

United Methodists support those hurt by storms. Learn how you can donate to relief efforts. More

Haitian volunteers Felicien Asthene (center) and Joliere Lafortune (left) help United Methodist volunteers the Rev. Kyewoon Choi (left background) of Embury United Methodist Church in Little Silver, N.J., and the Rev. Darleen Schott of First United Methodist Church in Washington, N.J., paint the home of “Sister Paulette” Holly at the Methodist Children's Home orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Accompanies UMNS story #11. 1/12/11.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Volunteer Opportunities

By volunteering to serve, every person in the church has the opportunity to serve and to live their calling more faithfully. More

Giving Opportunities

Learn how your contributions help to support global ministry. More