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 been 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.
From 2013-2015, the Urban Ministry Fund has: