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Step 1 – Learn

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Goal: Congregation engages in at least one learning experience that:

  1. Deepens understanding of “ministry with”
  2. Listens to and learns from the real lives of  vulnerable, different people and communities
  3. Increases understanding of root causes of systemic injustice  

Below are suggested resources: Events, Video Curriculum, Hosting Speakers, and Downloads & Books 

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As Michigan United Methodists, we have a long history of missional priority and focus. In this ever-shifting season for the Church, we are committed to renewing and strengthening our missional heart by reviewing, re-imagining, and praying our way to new approaches for engagement in mission.

Engagemi encourages congregations to lean into the Learn-Give-Act steps as Spirit led catalysts for prayerful, playful, and creative conversations and approaches to ministry. With the Spirit’s guidance, we trust that local congregations will use these steps to develop a missional identity adapted to their context and unique to each faith community.


  • Gather a diverse group – not only the Missions Team - for a conversation about Engagemi (be sure to include youth).
  • Prior to the conversation, ask participants to read at least pages 1-9 of the Engagemi program book.
  • During the meeting, pray, imagine, and talk about what their 'Learn-Give-Act Goals' might be.

Learn examples:

Be creative, be joyful in Christ, stay connected, and become an Engage mi Congregation!




Children’s Hunger https://michiganumc.org/missions/childhungerresources/

Resources for learning, acting, and advocating; including a list of children’s books, some with video recordings. Highlights include:

  • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  • Lulu and the Hunger Monster by Erik Talkin and Sheryl Murray
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson
  • Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen by Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan

To learn more, see Life Long Faith or contact the Michigan Conference Connectional Ministries Team.


  • Bishop Bard’s Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Challenge.
  • Courageous Conversations About Race.
  • Intercultural Development Inventory.
  • Michigan Conference’s Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Education & Training.

To learn more, contact the Michigan
Conference Connectional Ministries Team.


  • Mission Personnel who are itinerating in Michigan or who can tune in virtually (contact the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries)
  • Global Mission Fellows, young adult
    missionaries serving in Michigan (contact the Michigan Conference Connectional Ministries Team.
  • Leader from a Michigan Conference Christ Centered Mission and Ministry Project.


  • The Michigan Conference UMC Website contains the most current EngageMI program information, a PDF of the EngageMI booklet, additional information about Part 2 Ministry Partners and projects, and much more.
  • General Board of Global Ministries, learn more about national and international ministry projects, mission personnel, and UMCOR, including disaster responses.
  • General Board of Church and Society, learn about United Methodist Social Principles and what we believe regarding Civil and Human Rights, immigration justice, economic justice, environmental justice, health and wholeness, peace with justice, and women and children. Find toolkits for advocacy, tips on community organizing, and educational opportunities.
  • United Women in Faith, for justice-oriented and biblically centered resources including the reading program, webinars, Mission u, and more.
  • UM mission and justice related educational resources are also available online through: UMC Giving, Resource UMC, UMNews, General Commission on the Committee on Status and Role of Women (COSROW), General Commission on Religion and Race, Disability Ministries Committee, The Connectional Table, and Discipleship Ministries.



  • The Lewis Center for Church Leadership, resources to help congregations engage their community, reach new and more diverse people, and resources on stewardship and leadership excellence.
  • The Lupton Center, resources for deeper understanding and impact in empowering community transformation.
  • SojoAction: Resources & Training, including a curriculum to help congregations have difficult conversations across political divides, and on important topics such as immigration, voting rights, and creation care.
  • Red Letter Christians, an organization mobilizing individuals into a movement of believers living out Jesus’ teachings about mercy and justice.


Crossing Boundaries: Sharing God’s Good
News Through Mission
by David W. Scott

Discovering The Other: Asset-Based Approaches for Building Community Together by Cameron Harder

Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing by Dennis A. Jacobsen

Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission by Christopher L. Heuretz and Christine D. Pohl

Grace Under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Traditions by Joerg Rieger

Walking with Nehemiah: Your Community Is Your Congregation by Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.

When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor by Steve Corbet and Brian Fikkert


Doing Good Well

Vital congregations are increasingly committed to serving others through mission. And congregations are asking whether their good intentions always yield good results. Through engaging videos, presentations, and supplemental materials, Doing Good Well, from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, explores the fruitfulness of mission efforts and provides practical strategies to help ensure your mission hits the mark.


Engaging Local Schools  

Through videos, presentations, and supplemental materials, Engaging Local Schools, from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, guides your congregation in considering questions that are critical to the success of a school-focused service initiative.


 Seeking Shalom 

A six-part video series from the Lupton Center that challenges us to take a more holistic view of poverty, equipping teams to create real and lasting change. Hear from movement leaders in community development as you or your team are guided through core principles that go beyond meeting material needs and to finding “shalom.”


Taking Church to the Community

Through engaging videos, presentations, and supplemental materials, Taking Church to the Community, from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership, explores strategies your congregation can use to reach beyond its walls with worship, community events, ministries, and service — meeting community members where they are and moving them toward discipleship.



Throughout the year Mission Personnel visit, or “itinerate,” Michigan to share about their ministry and to build partnerships with Michigan United Methodists. Consider hosting visiting mission personnel at your congregation.

Contact the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, for more information.

Last Updated on April 22, 2024

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