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:
- Ministering with the Poor
- Improving Global Health
- Growing Vital Churches
- Developing Christian Leaders
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.
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
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
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
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
Advocating for Justice
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. More
Responding to Disaster
We provide relief supplies and disaster response to people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. More
By volunteering to serve, every person in the church has the opportunity to serve and to live their calling more faithfully. More