Mission and Ministry of The United Methodist Church

Monday Meditation – Touch

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,     because the Lord has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,     to proclaim freedom for the captives     and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1  NIV) Jesus healed the sick by touching them and restoring them to their communities. The priests only wanted […]

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Monday Meditation – Melting Pot?

The phrase “melting pot” came into general usage after the presentation of the 1908 play of the same name came out.  It was used as a metaphor to describe the United States.  The US was seen as a fusion of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities, a homogeneous society in spite of its diverse immigration patterns. But […]

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Monday Meditation – A Historical Connection for Building the Kingdom of God

In second Corinthians 8:1-5 (NIV), Paul tells us of the extreme generosity of the Macedonian church.  It wasn’t out of abundance and peace that they gave but during strife and poverty they found ways to give financially to the church. In verses 13-15, we have an understanding of the connection that was built between the […]

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Seeking Ways to Be in Service to the Global UM Church – The Philippines

1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. The reach of The United Methodist Church is wide. We are a global denomination focused on making disciples for Jesus Christ wherever we encounter them.  On a recent trip to the Philippines, two GCFA […]

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Many Parts … One Body

Nowadays it takes a lot of technology to run a church, much as it takes different people to form a congregation to do the ministry of God.  “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (I Corinthians 12:12 NIV). The technology […]

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Power of the Connection – Working with Africa University

Last October, a team from GCFA’s Shared Services and IT departments traveled to Africa University (AU) for a week to perform an IT assessment and look for ways to strengthen the Church’s global ministries.  This was all in response to contacts and conversations during the 2016 General Conference.  The power of connection!  AU wanted us […]

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Monday Meditation – Monkeys In the Wild

We have all had road to Emmaus moments.  Those times when what God was doing is right in front of us but we don’t recognize God’s presence in our living. It’s easy to not see the Holy Spirit moving among us.  It is by its very nature difficult to detect. Like monkeys in the wild. […]

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When We All Get TOGETHER …

First Quarter Giving The title of this blog is a paraphrase of the familiar song we sing, but the idea is the same. I was reminded of that song title as I looked through our giving trends for the first quarter of 2017. This is the first year for the Central Conferences to contribute to apportionments […]

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Monday Meditation – After Easter Fear or Joy?

The ending of the gospel of Mark is filled with fear.  So much so that it can baffle us with its lack of a happy ending.  Hence why some have tried to add a happy ending to the gospel which was not there in its earliest renditions. Mark ends abruptly with Jesus’ death and the […]

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We Are A Global Church

Paragraph 125 of our Book of Discipline tells us that: “United Methodists throughout the world are bound together in a connectional covenant in which we support and hold each other accountable for faithful discipleship and mission.”  We are a global church. At GCFA we take the global nature of our church seriously.  GCFA has made […]

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