General Board of Global Ministries

About General Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission. The aim of Global Ministries is to be a biblically rooted, historically informed, and organizationally flexible means of spreading the good news.

Stand Together as People of Faith

Global Ministries Head Calls for Common Humanity in the wake of violence By Linda Unger* June 29, 2016 — Shortly after surviving yesterday’s bombing at Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Turkey, Thomas Kemper, leader of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, called on all people of faith to stand together against hate and terror. […]

Global Ministries reimagines its work for the future

by Mary Andreolli* “The Spirit is always moving to sweep the church into a new mission age.” This powerful awareness is the culmination of the Mission Theology statement crafted in 2011 by directors of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. The statement guides the participation of the worldwide agency in Missio Dei—God’s mission. […]

UM Global Ministries general secretary issues statement on Paris attacks

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church offered his reflections on the terrorist attacks in Paris this past weekend: “Love and truth will embrace; justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven” (Psalm 85:10-11, NIV).  We mourn […]

United Methodist Church sends eight new missionaries

*By Elliott Wright New York, NY—Six new missionaries for service in Latin America and two for worldwide young adult work were commissioned (“sent”) at the opening service of worship of the 2015 annual meeting of directors of The United Methodist Church’s global mission agency, the General Board of Global Ministries. The six for Latin America […]

Interreligious partners unite for disaster recovery in Texas

By Susan Kim* As Carol Greenslate considers the thousands of people affected by flooding in the greater Houston area of Texas, she also sees a response full of blessings and what she calls “kingdom building.” After torrential rain led to extreme river and creek flooding throughout the state at the end of May, faith leaders […]

Beyond Imagine No Malaria

The United Methodist Church is seeking input from members and partners worldwide as it prepares to launch a new stage of global health ministry that will build on and deepen the success of the much-applauded Imagine No Malaria (INM) program.

UMCOR Responding to Ebola Emergency

It’s the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and now Nigeria. As of this writing, the disease has infected more than 1,700 people and killed at least 932. It produces hemorrhagic fevers, causing between 50 and 90 percent of people who contract it to lose their lives. There is no cure. It’s also highly infectious. The virus can be transmitted by any bodily fluid, including saliva, urine, blood and even sweat.

United Methodist leaders ask for prayers for missing Nigerian girls

The leader of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria and the head of the denomination’s international mission agency have joined in an appeal for prayers for the safe return of a large group of girls who were kidnapped from their government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, more than two weeks ago. Bishop John Wesley Yohanna, […]

UM missionary dies in bus accident

With deep sadness, the General Board of Global Ministries reports that Tshala Mwengo, a United Methodist missionary, died today from injuries sustained in a bus accident. General Secretary Thomas Kemper gave thanks for the life and service of Mwengo, who was originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo.  “I am thankful for the faithful ministries of […]

An Update on the UMC in Ukraine

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries continues to monitor the standoff in Crimea between Ukraine and Russia. Ullas Tankler, the program executive who overseas mission projects in the area, has been connecting regularly with the United Methodists there, including district superintendents Aleksandr Merzlyakov and Vasiliy Vuksta. According to Tankler, who is currently meeting with […]