Five Areas of Focus

Our belief is that God will make a significant difference in our world and church if we work in committed and cooperative ways around these five areas of focus. 

Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.

The church must recruit young people for ministry and provide them with the skills necessary to be effective in this new time of opportunity.  That includes women and people of color the world over.  Similarly, we must offer leadership training for people who are in ministry in countless ways.


Creating new places for new people by starting new congregations and renewing existing ones.

If we are to remain faithful to our commitment to transform the world, we will reach out with genuine hospitality to people wherever they are.  We will make them feel welcome as we start new faith communities, seek to renew existing ones and inspire faithful discipleship.


Engaging in ministry with the poor.

As an expression of our discipleship, United Methodists seek to alleviate conditions that undermine quality of life and limit the opportunity to flourish as we believe God intends for us all. As with John Wesley, we seek to change conditions that are unjust, alienating and disempowering.


Stamping out killer diseases by improving health globally.

The Global Health Initiative is major area of focus for the ministry of The United Methodist Church, which aims to combat diseases of poverty such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as well as provide health education, advocacy and infrastructure. We have long been a key player in the fight against malaria through the hospitals, clinics and missions centers we have operated across Africa for more than 160 years.

Dismantling racism.

We are committed to creating a culture of inclusiveness. We are richer with diversity and we will continue to find ways to witness with full inclusion and the embracing of all our sisters and brothers of color.