Center for Justice and Missional Excellence
What is the Center for Justice and Missional Excellence?
In the 2008 Book of Discipline in the section on Mission and Service of our Doctrinal Heritage we read, “We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing. Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world.” (2008 Book of Discipline ¶101)
As part of the refocusing of the Virginia Annual Conference since 2008 through "All Things New," the primary focus of the conference has been resourcing leadership as new and existing faith communities are empowered to witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As of January 1, 2012, the conference has continued to strengthen its leadership resources by creating ministry centers of excellence. In seeking to fulfill our United Methodist vision of justice and mission, the Center for Justice and Missional Excellence works to provide resources to individuals and churches as they seek to respond to God’s calling to serve God’s mission in the world to the least of these, the disenfranchised, and to respond to the biblical mandate, “...to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) The Center also resources the conference Board of Global Ministries and Board of Church and Society as they work to live out the conference vision statement of envisioning faith communities where all God’s people are welcomed at table, nurtured and transformed to be Christ to others in the world.
All day long, God is at work for good in the world, and God invites us to be a part of God’s mission. The United Methodist Church is a mission church. Through the work of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), the official mission agency of our church, we are reaching out to a world in need to share the love of Jesus Christ.
There are many ways you can use the material on this Web site. Study about the variety of ministries we are about as United Methodists. Use the children’s activities during Sunday school or after-school programs. Begin to educate our children in mission! Plan a Fall Mission Program, including a church mealtime experience from another country (you will find that under IOH). Learn how your senior adults can take a mission trip (check out Volunteers in Mission information). Select mission sites throughout Virginia where your youth can be involved (you will find those under Virginia Conference Advance Specials and on the Youth Mission Web site). Share information with your Sunday school classes and your mission/outreach committee.
As your church begins planning this fall, why not include in your budget the support of a missionary, or add another missionary to the one you are already supporting? It’s a great way to be personally involved and help mission come alive for your congregation.
We ARE mission people! – Get involved!!!!
To contact Glenn Rowley, director of Justice and Missional Excellence
phone: (804) 521-1144 or 1-800-768-6040, ext. 144
Click here for
• Mission Opportunities
• Conference Committee on Mission Personnel (CCMP)
• United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
• International Ministries
• National Ministries
• Virginia Conference Advance Specials
• Initiatives of Hope (IOH)
• Volunteers in Mission
• Mission Documents
• Youth Mission
• Disaster Response
• Mission Encounter