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The World Service Fund truly demonstrates the Mission of the United Methodist Church by:

• Supporting specific local church work with children, youth, students, persons who are mentally and physically challenged, adults and older persons;
• Providing leadership and coordination for denominational ministry with youth;
• Continuing nearly 200 years of commitment to quality college and graduate education;
• Certifying United Methodist professional Christian educators, communicators and musicians;
• Assuring United Methodists speak and work to help encourage a more ethical, just and human world;
• Continuing a proud tradition of cooperation and dialogue with other faith traditions through interdenominational and ecumenical work;
• Giving our denomination a presence in the mass media and making new communications technologies accessible to the church.

The World Service Fund is the primary avenue of support for the global mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church. World Service connects your church to a long list of Christian mission and ministry throughout the denomination in the work of the general church agencies and other national and international programs.

It is the heart of our denominational presence, expressing in the Four Areas of Focus the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. During this quadrennium, the church seeks to focus the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world around these areas of ministry:

  1. Developing Principled Christian Leaders for the Church and the World
  2. Creating New Places for New People and Renewing Existing Congregations
  3. Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
  4. Stamping out Killer Diseases of Poverty by improving Health Globally

General Church Agencies:

General Board of Church and Society
United Methodist Communications
General Board of Discipleship
General Board of Global Ministries
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
General Commission on Religion and Race
General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
General Commission on United Methodist Men








Five simple things every church can do:

  • Special Sunday Offerings – sharing your gifts.
  • Mission Minute – witnessing to the love of God.
  • Covenant Relationships – supporting our missionaries
  • Mission Literature Distribution – learning more about mission work
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response – rebuilding home and healing lives.  

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