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Four Areas of Focus: Ministering With the Poor


One of the four areas of mission focus for the church is Ministry With the Poor. In the gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25, we hear the biblical mandate to care for those in need: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me."

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 General Board of Church and Society leads the way as the whole church works to be relationship-driven rather than resource driven.

Explore this section of the site to learn how others have been effective advocates and partners with the poor, and to find resources and ways you can get involved.


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Gedion Mawoneke, Benjamin Dhliwayo and Damion Mutinhiri assemble a bicycle. United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is helping those in the Deaf community learn skills through the Holy Bike Sales project. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Projects empower Deaf community in Zimbabwe

The United Methodist Church is helping Deaf people in the Mutare area earn a living by assembling bicycles and rearing rabbits. Read More

Sunday school and Bible study rooms of the United Methodist Church building in San Esteban, Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines were destroyed by Typhoon Mangkhut. Photo courtesy of Mildred Abella.

Picking up pieces after Philippines super typhoon

United Methodists were cleaning up and assisting others after Typhoon Mangkhut struck the northern part of the Philippines. Read More

U.S. Border Patrol agents run down a dirt road amid swirling dust stirred up by a helicopter during a search for people who had crossed into the United States illegally and were hiding in heavily wooded areas and sugar cane fields near McAllen, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Paths collide for immigrants, border agents

Get a unique perspective when United Methodist News Service follows border agents at the busiest station in the U.S. for apprehending undocumented immigrants and drugs. Read More

Unaccompanied minor migrants enjoy United Methodist Camp Colby in California. They point out their hometowns  on a large wall map. Photo courtesy of California-Pacific Conference.

Camp offers migrant youth fun, friendship

United Methodists in California host a summer camp for unaccompanied migrants. Their goal is to ‘show them welcome and shine God’s love on them.’ Read More

Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance. Read More

The work by the Rev. Mary Downey, a United Methodist deacon and executive director of the Community Hope Center in Kissimmee, Florida, is the focus of the new film

Movie features plight of ‘hidden homeless’

The work by the Rev. Mary Downey, a United Methodist deacon and executive director of Kissimmee's Community Hope Center, is the focus of the new film "The Florida Project." Read More