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Four Areas of Focus

The Four Areas of Focus express the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. The church seeks to focus the work of making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world around these areas of ministry:

  • Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.
  • Engaging in ministry with the poor.
  • Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations.
  • Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.


Children play alongside a sewage-filled ditch in the Maxinde neighborhood near Malanje, Angola. Leaders of The United Methodist Church are focusing the denomination's work around four areas of focus, including eradicating diseases of poverty around the world.

Overview of the Four Areas of Focus

Learn more about the four areas of ministry focus and about how the church is at work in these areas. Read More

Improving Global Health

We believe the people of The United Methodist Church can play a significant role in treating and preventing the devastating effects of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Read More

Ministering with the Poor

United Methodists seek to alleviate conditions that undermine quality of life and limit the opportunity to flourish as we believe God intends for all. Read More

Growing Vital Churches

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

Developing Leaders

The church must recruit young people for ministry and provide them with the skills necessary to be effective in this new time of opportunity. Visit Site

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