The Community and Institutional Ministries unit of the General Board of Global Ministries facilitates, resources, and supports outreach to meet human needs, with special emphasis on ministries with women, children, youth, families, and older adults. It offers direct services, specialized ministries, and community organizing and development, including economic development and justice advocacy.
It is the combination of nine distinct but highly collaborative program areas:
- Communities of Shalom
- Community Developers Program
- Cooperative Ministries
- Ministries With Women, Children and Families
- National Mission Institutions
- Program On Substance Abuse and Related Violence
- Town & Country Ministries
- United Methodist Voluntary Service
- Urban Ministries
This unit resources and supports local congregations and communities in their Christian witness for justice and wholeness. High priority is placed on fostering partnerships to seek ways for persons to realize their potential as children of God through the fundamental tenets of human rights and empowerment.
The Institutional Ministries program works in partnership with the Women's Division serving as liason between the General Board of Global Ministries and the National Mission Institutions.
The Institutional Ministries program provides administrative and program support - such as consultation, management oversight, access to appropriate financial, personnel, training, information and networking resources of The United Methodist Church - to community centers, schools and mission colleges, residential child care centers, women's residences, and mission complexes.