United Methodist Church Launches Ministry With*
"With* each other we can put our faith into action and transform the world into God's kingdom of love and justice." In a dynamic new video, the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), the mission agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC), in partnership with United Methodist Women, invites the denomination to revisit their views and join in new ways to minister with those living in poverty. GBGM, in partnership with an interagency task force and the Council of Bishops is launching a new interactive website--ministryWITH.org --that offers opportunities to work together, addressing conditions and causes of poverty. The With* educational campaign is being launched throughout the connection at annual conference celebrations of mission and ministry this spring.
Thomas Kemper, the top executive for the General Board of Global Ministries, leads the interagency task force. Following a recent meeting, he said, "Our agencies, program boards, and special commissions have the responsibility to link the various components of the church in common ministries. While each has distinct jobs outlined by the denomination's legislature--the General Conference--we also collaborate in achieving shared goals."
Learn, Blog, Donate, Mobilize, Media
Developed in partnership with the Ministry with the Poor task force, ministryWITH.org provides downloadable multimedia resources, including fact sheets, videos, and podcasts. Worship and Bible study resources designed to inspire, challenge, and mobilize offer music, Bible reflections, discussion questions, and prayers. The Ubuntu Day of Service Tool Kit, originally developed by the Women's Division, is a user-friendly and effective tool for sensitivity training with volunteers.
In addition to being a portal for accessing information, best practices, and resources, the With* website encourages connections and mobilization. It builds momentum and mobilizes people to be active disciples--developing community-led ministries and enhancing existing ministries with new partnerships. Volunteer and advocacy opportunities, mission videos, prayer requests, and upcoming events will be shared in a way that encourages community and conversation. Reflections on mission and ministry with the poor will be posted by church leaders, and readers are invited to engage in conversation by adding their comments and submitting their own blog entries.
"Visitors to the website will find a wealth of news about what the denomination is doing on the agency, conference, and local church level to minister with the poor. More importantly, they can take the information and leverage it into a spirit of mutuality for transformational mission," says Kemper.