The Black church and its rich traditions of worship, mission and justice-seeking play a key role in United Methodism. In the Baltimore-Washington Conference, 28 percent of the churches, 23 percent of conference membership, and 29 percent of the pastors are African-American.
The Baltimore-Washington Conference Retreat & Camping Ministries are comprised of West River Center, Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center and Camp Harmison. These are vibrant places for summer camp programs, retreats and special events. They offer the opportunity for rest and renewal, wonderful vistas, outrageous fun, and opportunities to connect with God and each other.
Communications in the Baltimore-Washington Conference is more than just Facebook, Twitter, and a website. For us, it's a ministry.
Sharing the story of United Methodists around the conference and around the world shows how God intersects with the lives of people, people who are doing great and wonderful things -- and small and very important things -- to further God's kingdom on earth.
God calls on God’s people to make disciples. A sign and a result of deepening discipleship is church growth. The BWC’s Office of Vibrant Communities oversees and nurtures new church starts in creating new places for new people, and assists in the renewal and revitalizing of faith communities.
The conference Disaster Response Team offers training, in conjunction with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, for those wishing to become certified in this important ministry.
When disasters occur, those who are certified are then called upon to help in crisis situations around the region, the country and the world.
We are a universal church, whose faithfulness, says theologian Justo González is “shown in its many hues, where all the colors pain a single landscape, where all tongues sing the same praise.”
And because we believe in the Reign of God, we commit ourselves in to be in ministry with the Hispanic-Latino community until the day when all of our hopes of being a truly inclusive church become a reality.
The BWC's Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns fosters approaches to ministry and mission that more fully reflect the oneness of Christ’s church in the human community. Its members work to strengthen dialogue and relationships with people of other faiths, cultures and ideologies.
The clergy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference are called and set apart for specialized ministry. The conference has 1,049 clergy members. Among them, 758 are full-time Elders, 33 are full-time Deacons, and 141 are part-time local pastors. More than 430 of the conference's ordained clergy are retired.
In the name of the wonderful God we serve, we are united as 169,000 lay people who serve a God of love and of possibility. One of the strengths of our connectional system is the training we offer. The Board of Laity exists to enable you to be equipped, empowered and inspired to enthusiastically make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Quality of Life Retreats offer a unique and holistic, participant-centered approach to educating, supporting and empowering people living with HIV. The four-day retreats offer participants important wisdom for living and coping with their illness and related challenges, as well as opportunities to connect socially and emotionally with others in similar situations.
The United Methodist Men gather men from throughout the denomination in local churches and within the Baltimore-Washington Conference to help every man experience the centrality of Christ in his life. The men act as servant leaders, creating a ministry of evangelism, mission and spiritual life.
The United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to experience freedom as whole people through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission provides you with the opportunity to be a short-term missionary. UMVIM volunteers go out in teams to do construction and spiritual formation projects for people and places in need. They are people of all different skill levels, serving as the hands and eyes of Christ. UMVIM gives hope to the hopeless and provides opportunities for spiritual growth.
A seminar for clergy and spouses in any stage of the retirement process. Register today.
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View the presentation by Jodi Cataldo, Discipleship Ministries, from the Annual Conference 2017 Laity Session
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Remarks from the annual BMCR luncheon by Rev. Ashley Renée Johnson