Mission Opportunities

Jesus commands us to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, provide clothing and shelter to the poor, care for the sick and visit those in prison. Being in ministry with the poor and needy is basic to our Christian faith. While it would be wonderful if we could reach out personally to everyone who needs our help, we know that is impossible. But when we join with other members of our congregation, put money into the offering plate, and participate in the carefully planned system of United Methodist mission and ministry, our gifts can stretch around the world, helping those in need and spreading the love of Jesus Christ, even in places where we can’t go.

Click here to download the 2010-2011 Mission Opportunities Booklet (pdf)

First-Mile Giving

When you give to your local church, most of the money is used to support the ministries of your local congregation. A smaller portion funds regional ministries in the Virginia Conference. Finally, a portion of your giving goes to the worldwide United Methodist Church to support programs on a national and international level. We share the costs of conference and worldwide church ministries, with each local church being responsible for contributing a fair portion or "apportionment." This is the "First-Mile Giving" expected of all United Methodists.

The power of our apportionments — our collective First-Mile giving — is that it enables United Methodists to do together what no church, district or annual conference could do alone.

Second-Mile Giving

But Jesus says we should do more than the basic requirement — we must walk the "second mile" as well. We can go beyond the primary gifts to the church and contribute "Second-Mile" gifts to specific programs, missionaries and ministries through The Advance for Christ and His Church and through contributions to Special Sunday offerings.

The Virginia Conference has set a goal for all of our faith communities to excel in worship, mission, stewardship, evangelism and discipleship. Your congregation can excel by walking the first mile — and then going the second mile as well by supporting ministries in all of the Mission Opportunities categories listed below:

  • Missionaries 
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief 
  • International Ministries 
  • National Ministries 
  • Virginia Conference Advance Specials 
  • Initiatives of Hope (Designated Virginia Conference mission priorities)
  • UMCOR Kits 
  • Special Sundays (pdf)



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