Located at Simpson House in the Fairmount Park area of Philadelphia, the Office of Urban Ministries (Urban Office) is being reconfigured in 2015 as a ministry resource to congregations in the urban centers of our Annual Conference. It works to facilitate partnerships between the local church and the community through prayer, worship, study, assessment, coaching, planning, funding, training and networking for disciple-making and ministry for the transformation of the world.
Currently being staffed by Maurice Simmons as interim Urban Strategy Coordinator and Bethany Amey as interim Urban Office Coordinator, the Urban Office is strengthening its capacity to re-invigorate urban ministry and to be a relevant source of information and support to urban congregations.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference includes some of the most historic population centers in the country, including Philadelphia, Chester and Reading. Since its founding in 1784, the Conference and its predecessors have been fully committed to working in ministry in each of our urban centers. Continue reading about Urban Ministries in Eastern Pennsylvania
In 2012, the Annual Conference adopted a Comprehensive Urban Ministry Strategic Plan which had been designed and proposed by the Urban Commission. The Plan presents a broad outline for a forward direction in Conference urban ministry. A brief summary of the Strategic plan is available here, as well as the full downloadable document.
The Urban Commission acts as steward for an Urban Ministry Fund which is used for ongoing programmatic support as well as for ministry initiatives. It was established using assets from the sale of real estate previously occupied by Bustleton UMC and Simpson Memorial UMC. In 2012, the fund was designated by the Annual Conference to receive assets from the sale of buildings of closed congregations in urban centers with a population of greater than 50,000 so that the UM Discipline’s commitment to keeping those assets in urban ministry is maintained. (¶ 2544, 2012 Book of Discipline). This resource will also grow and its use expand as additional sources of funding become available. Continue
For more information about Urban Ministry in Eastern Pennsylvania, contact the Urban Office at 215-878-8054 or visit the Urban Commission Facebook page. The Conference Office can be reached at (800) 828-9093 (Toll Free) or (610) 666-9090.
The Congregational Development Resource Team and The Urban Commission are partnered to bring MissionInsite to the local churches of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. We are licensed for one primary user from each local church to access the database. Learn more