Nurture - Outreach - Witness
basic model for United Methodist Church organization
ministries include worship, Sunday school and other small groups, and other settings for spiritual formation. These ministries assist persons of all ages in developing and deepening their relationship with God. They provide opportunities for people to grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. They also provide a supportive, caring
community for people who face a variety of issues on a daily basis. These ministries may focus primarily on the Bible, worship, prayer, or other aspects of the Christian faith, or they may focus primarily on issues of daily life, such as
divorce, grief, addiction, or parenting. These ministries may focus on
a particular age group, such as elementary children, or they may be
intergenerational in nature.
Outreach ministries include responding to the needs of others. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” He then went on to say, “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
Nurture ministries help us love God. Outreach ministries help us love others. Outreach ministries include church and society, global ministry, campus ministry, health and welfare ministry, justice ministries, and mission outreach in your community. These ministries assist persons of all ages in developing and deepening their relationship with the larger human community.
Witness ministries provide a vehicle for proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to a broken and hurting world. These ministries enable
people to pay attention to the active presence of God in their lives and to develop language for talking about their experience of God. These ministries also assist people in listening to the stories of others who need to hear a word of hope, love, and grace. These ministries may include your congregation’s plans for evangelism; lay servant ministries; and communication through your bulletin, newsletter, and/or website.