2016 Agency Reports


United Methodist Communications
(UMNS) The denomination’s communications agency continued its focus on partnerships with other general agencies, conferences and local churches while maintaining its support of the denomination’s mission of making disciples. Read story

Higher Education and Ministry
(UMNS) The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry wants to make a seminary education more affordable for those called to ministry and increase availability of quality theological education worldwide. Read story

Status and Role of Women
(UMNS) The United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women introduced two new resources in 2016 for local churches and annual conferences and continued its charge to ensure the full inclusion of women in the life of the church. Read story

United Methodist Women
(UMNS) As it continued to celebrate its 150th anniversary, United Methodist Women focused this year on strengthening leadership development and seeking mission partnership opportunities throughout the church. Read story

United Methodist Men
(UMNS) To achieve its goal to help develop principled Christian leaders, United Methodist Men helped to train almost 500 men’s ministry and scouting specialists, as well as enroll more than 8,000 young people in religious classes. Read story

United Methodist Publishing House
(UMNS) The United Methodist Publishing House published almost 2,000 new books, Bibles and church resources in the past year and finished over $1 million in the black in 2016. Part of a series of reports on the work each general agency accomplished this year. Read story