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Church and Community Workers


WHEREAS, current social and economic needs across the USA call upon the church for attention and action in accordance with Christ's teachings; and

WHEREAS, financial undergirding of human service programs by the public sector on all levels has failed to meet the needs of people; and

WHEREAS, developing contacts and linkages between local church/
cooperative ministries and community groups is key to the understanding of and response to human hurt and need, and is a primary strength of the church and community ministry program; and

WHEREAS, for many decades church and community workers have worked effectively in mission outreach with The United Methodist Church in town and rural, urban, and specialized settings; and

WHEREAS, church and community workers are the only cadre of missionaries serving within the bounds of the USA who are employed and assigned by the General Board of Global Ministries;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Board of Global Ministries continue to recruit, enlist, train, adequately fund, and deploy church and community workers, and

Be it further resolved, that the funding partnership continue between the local area, annual conference, and the General Board of Global Ministries in order to place church and community workers in economically depressed areas where they are desperately needed.

resolution #53, 2004 book of resolutions
resolution #45, 2000 book of resolutions

See Social Principles, ¶ 162R.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.