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Congregational Excellence

We are a branch of Connectional Ministries that is responsible for overseeing Conference initiatives that relate to Ministry with the Poor and Abundant Health. We facilitate conversations between our connectional denominational offices, local congregations, and local/regional government to assure and deepen relations which further our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

In our office, we focus on:

  • Abundant Global Health (Imagine No Malaria, Abundant Health Initiative. etc., UMC Global Ministries)
  • Age-level Ministries - United Methodist Women Initiatives (Mass Incarceration Reform), Youth Ministries (Pam Bowen), Young-Adult Ministries (Cheryl Cook)
  • Campus Ministries – University of Maryland (College Park), Howard University, Frostburg University, and American University
  • Grants (Peace with Justice, Ministry with the Poor, Worship and the Arts, Age-Level Ministry Grants)
  • Ministry with the Poor (i.e. Eradicating Poverty, Hunger Relief, Unhoused Neighbors Support)
  • Partnerships between Local Hospitals and Agencies (Health Care for All)
  • Partnerships between Universities and other places of Higher Education and Ministry (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry)
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (Volunteer in Missions and Disaster Relief – Local Representatives, Joan Carter-Rimbach and David Graves)
  • Wesley Theological Seminary Partnership (Lewis Center, Heal the Sick Program, Office of Community Engagement)

We invite you to bookmark this page and visit often - the resources offered below will continue to grow and expand.

Download the resource list as PDF

Congregational Resources | Growing Together

Congregational Resources

United Methodist Polity and Governance

Discovering Your Why (Understanding your purpose): Video Resource

Articles on Leadership, Mission and Vision

Congregational Community Engagement and Social Justice Advocacy

Campus Ministries

Renewing our Congregations and Clergy

Vital Worship Grants

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Growing Together

2017 Reading Program from the United Methodist Women (PDF)

Ministry Multiplication Assessment (PDF)

Peace with Justice Grants
Peace with Justice is a way United Methodists reflect the of shalom of the Bible. It calls the church to “strengthen its capacity to advocate publicly in communities and nations” throughout the world. The Peace with Justice program aims to make God’s shalom visible and active in people’s lives.

Heal the Sick
The Heal the Sick program seeks to equip faith community members and leaders to support congregations’ development of health ministries and link such ministries with hospitals, community organizations, public health institutions, and health care providers.

The goal of the program is to prepare leaders to advance holistic health and well-being of individuals, communities, and congregations, especially those who are underserved. Key components of the program include promoting faith communities’ health ministries, providing educational opportunities, catalyzing network creation and supporting existing networks, and facilitating collaboration with community partners.

Youth
Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) - Pam Bowen, Staff Coordinator

Young Adult Resources
Young Adult Council - Cheryl Cook, Staff Coordinator

Volunteers in Mission
VIM Training - Pam Bowen, Staff Coordinator

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