Church and Community Workers are commissioned mission personnel of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, who, in response to God's call, are devoted to uplifting the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. We do not have to look far to see social and economic inequality at home. Widespread community poverty may be as close as our backyards, within walking distance of our homes, or just on the other side of town. The Church and Community Worker works to change the social inequities of poverty, racial injustice, and domestic violence. As their name implies, they take the church into the community and bring the community into the church, serving at the grass roots level to assist the church and community in coming to grips with issues, needs and problems facing them.
Church and Community Workers are among the mission personnel assigned by the Mission Personnel Program Area of the General Board of Global Ministries. Church and Community Ministry is participatory in style and relates to conference, districts, and local ministries. It involves a shared funding between the field (project/district/conference) and the General Board of Global Ministries. Workers have a responsibility and accountability to the local ministry, the Annual Conference, and the General Board of Global Ministries. They are assigned as missionaries to priority areas to augment and strengthen the leadership within the area by using their skills and motivation to equip churches and communities to work together to address and alleviate human suffering.
- Christian experience and understanding of the church.
- Commitment to reveal Christ's spirit and principles in human life.
- Understanding of ministry, the mission of the church and ability to work within the local church, the denominational structure and ecumenically.
- Ability to identify and clarify problems, economic and social issues, and skills in .promoting cooperative efforts among churches, committees, and groups in finding solutions.
- Understanding of people of all socio-economic and racial backgrounds and sensitivity to cultural differences.
- Ability to recruit, motivate, organize and provide training for volunteers.
- A bachelors degree from an accredited college or equivalent preparation and experience.
- An openness and willingness to take time for personal study, participation in professional groups and continuing education.
- Psychological and emotional maturity and good physical health.
- Willingness to accept subsequent assignments across annual conference and/or jurisdictional lines throughout the United States.