Each year, the Annual Conference Special Offering is gathered and used to advance the good news of Jesus Christ. This year the offering will be used to welcome the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) to Georgia. The offering will support the agency’s ministries and mission efforts.
Located in New York City for 200 years, GBGM will move to Atlanta this fall. The move is a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the people they serve, and will be a catalyst for envisioning new ways to connect the church in mission.
Global Ministries’ new home in Atlanta will provide an important new setting from which their work and partnerships can flourish across Georgia, as well as the world. With a programmatic scope encompassing the world’s major global health and social challenges, Global Ministries brings a global perspective to its work in Georgia.
“I have had the privilege of representing South Georgia on the Board of Directors for Global Ministries for four years, and I have seen firsthand the tremendous impact The UMC has, both domestically and abroad, in sharing the gospel, kingdom building, and meeting basic needs,” said Allison Lindsey, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries. “Our South Georgia churches continue to support Global Ministries through missionary support, gifts through The Advance, and donations to UMCOR surrounding disaster events. This offering is a wonderful way to say ‘welcome,’ affirm their work, and convey our excitement in having their U.S. Regional Office located here in the Peach State.”
The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations, and supports 340 missionaries in 60 countries, including approximately 20 missionaries currently working in Georgia and five surrounding states. A well-known part of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering and providing humanitarian relief in the United States and around the world.
“One new programming dynamic that I am most excited about involves Global Ministries’ goal of engaging with at least 10,000 churches in the United States over the next four years,” Lindsey said. “The Global Health Unit will organize and lead a series of events from Global Ministries’ Atlanta offices in the new Center for Mission Innovation. With Georgia partners like the Center for Disease Control and Emory, these events will highlight exceptional, innovative models of mission in which we learn from each other. Churches in South Georgia will have such great access to these events and resources with Global Ministries in our backyard.”
For more detailed information, visit www.sgaumc.org/specialoffering.
To watch a video highlighting the General Board of Global Ministries’ health and wellness initiatives, click here.