Our United Methodist Connection
Trinity is a member of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist (UM) Church. The Florida Conference is a large, diverse grouping of 647 churches with countless ministries under its authority. The beauty of being a member church is that we are “connected” to all UM churches across the globe, for that connection works as an advantage to strengthen the denomination.
Through the connectional system, we have many resources at our fingertips. Here are a number of resources that members and viewers may find helpful:
The Florida UM Conference is the governing body of all United Methodist Churches in the Florida Conference. This is a link to the conference website https://www.flumc.org. The site is fairly comprehensive with information to answer most all questions. If not, they are just a toll-free phone call away at (800) 282-8011.
The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. It’s purpose is to connect local, district, conference churches in mission. The General Board of Global Ministries equips and transforms people and places for God’s work around the globe.
A major responsibility of Global Ministries is to connect the various parts of the Church as United Methodists engage in global mission.As a biblically rooted and historically informed organization, Global Ministries facilitates engagement in God’s mission.
As part of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.umcmission.org.
Helpful to church leaders, the Chuck Knows Church website features short videos which portray the struggles congregations face, as well as informational videos designed to educate folks about the denomination and its inner workings. https://www.chuckknowschurch.com
Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church (GBOD) provides leadership and resources in the areas of spiritual growth and development, including devotional literature, curricula, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity. http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/board-of-discipleship
United Methodist Women News is a free newsletter for and by United Methodist Women. Hear stories of mission from United Methodist Women locally, nationally and globally and stay updated on United Methodist Women events and important news. Subscriptions are free. Click on this link to subscribe – Subscribe to UMW News.
InfoServ, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, is the official information service of The United Methodist Church. We’re your connection to the worldwide United Methodist Church. Ask any question about The United Methodist Church. We can assist you with:
- locating active and retired pastors and church leaders,
- researching historical and statistical data about the church,
- clarifying the denomination’s position on such topics as Holy Communion, baptism, worship and social issues,
- learning what The United Methodist Church is doing in response to issues such as war, disaster, or poverty,
- identifying opportunities for mission through service or financial gifts,
- understanding how your financial gifts support the ministries, mission and outreach of the church,
- suggesting resources for new and experienced leaders,
- learning about services, resources and staff at United Methodist agencies.
The Commision on a Way Forward is a 32-member Commission on a Way Forward was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to human sexuality and resulting questions about the unity of the church.
As of July 1, the Commission has five more meetings to complete, with two of the meetings coming prior to the November 2017 meeting of the Council of Bishops. Their final report will be issued to the Council of Bishops, who will then present the report to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference for action.
Here is the link to the PDF version of status report from the Commission.
Here is the link to the movie version of status report from the Commission.
For more information on the Commission on a Way Forward, visit umc.org/wayforward.