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Organization & Leadership

How is United Methodist Women Organized?

United Methodist Women, like The United Methodist Church, is a connectional system. The major links of United Methodist Women are: 

  • The local unit
  • The district organization
  • The conference organization
  • The jurisdiction organization
  • The national office

All of these groups relate to one another in a variety of ways. Every level of the organization is connected in mission with Global Ministries.

Local and district units report to district organizations, which report to conference organizations. All local units, districts and conferences are located in one of five jurisdictions.

United Methodist Women members also participate in mission in their local communities.

How do I become a leader in United Methodist Women?

As a membership organization, you are invited to be involved in United Methodist Women leadership at the local, district, conference, jurisdiction or national level. 

Accepting a leadership role requires a commitment of time, energy and effort. But in return, you:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of mission
  • Grow spiritually
  • Make a difference in the lives of women, children and youth

United Methodist Women is a laywomen’s organization and only laywomen may serve as elected leaders. Presidents at all levels of the organization must be members of The United Methodist Church

Officers serve as elected volunteers at all levels of the organization. Learn more about elected officers and their job descriptions for:


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