Global Ministries

Ecuador Partnership

Main Street UMC is in a committed missional relationship with the Evangelical Methodist Church of Ecuador. It is the desire of Main Street to build sustainable relationships with the church leaders of the EMCE by serving alongside them, knowing them, caring for them and encouraging their ministry efforts.

The summer of 2015 will see both a youth and adult team from Main Street travel to Quito, Ecuador. Our hope is to continue the efforts of those who have gone before, to walk beside our brothers and sisters building relationships and building God’s Kingdom hand-in-hand.

If you are interested in supporting the Mission Partnership please contact Jeremy Knight jeremy@mstreetumc.org

Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world.  An organization driven by a vision of a world without hunger; Stop Hunger Now has a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life saving aid to the world’s most venerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used primarily to support development programs and to save lives in developing countries around the world.

In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world, Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid.  These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies and other such items that may be of use in fighting hunger and providing relief in a crisis.

SIFAT

SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology), a nonprofit Christian organization, provides training in community development in hard places in our world.  Christian leaders learn self-help skills for basic human needs including physical and spiritual needs, social and economic.

SIFAT raises awareness of needs and global issues, by providing opportunities for people to get involved personally, both to learn from and to serve alongside those with scarce resources.  Since its founding in 1979, SIFAT has trained church and community leaders from more than 80 countries.  We have helped thousands of Med-Pew Americans leave their comfort zone, cross into other cultures and social strata and become one in Christ.

Our students annually attend Learn & Serve (L&S), a ministry of SIFAT that provides an opportunity for Americans to gain a holistic view of the developing world.  Throughout the year, churches, universities and school groups visit the 176-acre campus to learn through interactive programming and simulations.  A simulated rural Global Village and Urban Slum are used as teaching tools to let people experience the lives of our brothers and sisters living in the two-thirds world.  We believe as founder Sarah Corson wrote, “When we walk in their shoes and feel what they are feeling, reasons for poverty become much clearer.  Then we begin to understand the Biblical teachings on our responsibility in the face of poverty and need.”  After receiving a global view, we challenge Americans to take what they have learned and respond in their local communities with action

GLOBAL MINISTRIES

There are Seven Apportioned Funds approved by General Conference:

The World Service Fund is the heart of our denomination-wide ministry, underwriting Christian mission and ministry around the world.  This fund strengthens our evangelism efforts, stimulates church growth, expands Bible studies and enriches spiritual commitment. By giving to the World Service Fund we help God’s children everywhere shape the lives of tomorrow’s leaders and proclaim our Christian faith.

The World Service Fund truly demonstrates the Mission of the United Methodist Church by:

  • Supporting specific local church work with children, youth, students, persons who are mentally and physically challenged, adults and older persons;
  • Providing leadership and coordination for denominational ministry with youth;
  • Continuing nearly 200 years of commitment to quality college and graduate education;
  • Certifying United Methodist professional Christian educators, communicators and musicians;
  • Assuring United Methodists speak and work to help encourage a more ethical, just and human world;
  • Continuing a proud tradition of cooperation and dialogue with other faith traditions through interdenominational and ecumenical work;
  • Giving our denomination a presence in the mass media and making new communications technologies accessible to the church.

The Africa University Fund:

Continues the development of the first private university for young men and women from all over Africa; and offers post-secondary education for students through colleges of agriculture and natural resources, management and administration, theology, education, health sciences, and humanities and social services, and post graduate faculties in agriculture, management and administration, theology, health sciences, and peace and governance.

The Black College Fund:

  • helps these institutions to maintain solid, challenging academic programs; strong faculties; and well-equipped buildings;
  • creates vibrant spiritual environments which encourage pride and self-esteem in the accomplishments of African-Americans;
  • provides opportunities for students to interact with academic staffs that serve as strong cultural and spiritual mentors; and
  • prepares and educates people for the new global and technological world, but never veer from an academic excellence based on the Christian perspective of community service and social responsibility.

The Episcopal Fund:

  • pays the salaries of our bishops;
  • pays the expenses of the episcopal offices;
  • supports, in part, the costs of providing and maintaining episcopal residences;
  • provides pension and health benefit coverage for bishops and their families and disability coverage for bishops;
  • covers the costs of episcopal travel and meeting expenses;
  • defrays the moving expenses; and
  • provides pensions for surviving spouses, and minor children of deceased bishops.

The General Administration Fund:

  • implements a trustworthy system of administrative oversight and fiscal accountability;
  • underwrites the legislative work of General Conference;
  • funds the work of the Judicial Council to adjudicate questions of church law;
  • maintains United Methodism’s official documents and historical artifacts; and
  • designates historical shrines, landmarks and sites.

The Interdenominational Cooperation Fund:

Enables United Methodists to have an effective presence in the activities of several national and worldwide ecumenical organizations; provides the United Methodist share of the basic budgets of those organizations which relate to the ecumenical responsibilities of the Council of Bishops and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; Pays for the travel expenses of United Methodist representatives to meetings of these organizations.

The Ministerial Education Fund Apportionment

Enables our churches to unify and expand financial support for the recruitment and education of our future pastors and bishops; and equips our annual conferences to meet the increased needs of people in the ministry.

For most United Methodist seminaries, Ministerial Education Fund (MEF) disbursement accounts for 12 to 20 percent of their annual budget. 25% of the receipts assist candidates for ministry, to support continuing education for pastors and clergy recruitment and to provide financial aid for students in your annual conference.

75% is disbursed to the 13 United Methodist seminaries to assist candidates for ordained ministry through scholarships and faculty salaries. It also goes to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to support the work of the Division of Ordained Ministry.

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