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Connectional Table meeting, Feb. 13, 2021

Reports from Connectional Ministries Groups

The Rev. J. Timothy Fisher
Committee on Leadership, Co-Chair
jtfisher@outlook.com

Maryann Griffith
Committee on Leadership, Co-Chair
magteaches424@gmail.com

ONE VOICE BECOMES MANY

Connectional Ministries comprises the wide variety of vital ministries active throughout the Eastern PA Conference. It links local churches and districts with the conference through resourcing, leadership, promotion and support. We United Methodists are a Connectional Church through our appointment of clergy, our shared responsibility for funding and staffing mission and ministry, our leadership development and deployment efforts, and our prayers and advocacy, through which one voice becomes many. In other words, we connect with one another through our supportive “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.”

OUR CONNECTIONAL SYSTEM AT WORK

We have many active ministry boards, committees, teams and commissions, all organized, led and resourced through our connectional system and aided by the conference’s Office of Connectional Ministries. The office encompasses ministry areas in which efforts are executed by staff: Communications, Congregational Development, Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Latino Ministries and Camp & Retreat Ministries. Other ministry areas depend primarily on boards, committees and teams of volunteers who are elected by the Annual Conference. They include Prison Ministries and Restorative Justice, Higher Education & Campus Ministry, Disaster Response, Older Adults, Religion & Race, etc.

OUR CONNECTIONAL TABLE

Our collaboration is guided and enhanced by the work of the Connectional Table, comprising representative leaders of the various ministry groups in the conference. The Connectional Table meets several times a year to further coordination, strategic planning, mission development and mutual support. We ask for your constant prayers and support for all these committed groups and leaders, as they strive to serve Christ and serve the church faithfully in ministry.

OUR UMC GLOBAL CONNECTION

The United Methodist Church is connectional. But what does that mean? Through our apportionment system, our Church pools our dollars and connects local churches and conferences around the world to create bigger and lasting impacts. One way we do that is through our seven apportioned funds, including the multidimensional World Service Fund.

In this section we will occasionally feature information about those funds and other general church programs and initiatives, so that we can all learn about the lifesaving, life-changing ministries our giving and our prayers support throughout God’s world.

Africa University

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1988. For more than 25 years, Africa University has shaped the lives of thousands of young people all over the continent of Africa by equipping them with the knowledge to alleviate poverty, build peace, create stability and drive development. Most of the graduates return to their home countries to serve in many fields of work. Some fast facts on African University include:

  • The Africa University Fund supports more than 1,800 students from 29 countries
  • More than 8,000 students have graduated from Africa University
  • More than 90% of Africa University graduates return home
  • More than $1.5 million in scholarships for Africa University are awarded annually

Through general Church apportionments and supplemental gifts, United Methodists everywhere put their faith in action when they give.

Apportionment giving is collected through your local church. For more details on supporting Africa University visit support-AfricaUniversity.org. For resources to support and promote Africa University visit ResourceUMC.org/africauniversity.

Learn more about all our denomination’s apportioned funds on our new UMC Connectional Giving page.