Give to at least one of the following Conference Christ Centered Mission & Ministry Projects.
Mission for Area People
Mission for Area People (MAP) is a non-profit, faith-based agency dedicated since 1967 952 years) to serving the poor and underserved residents of Muskegon County. MAP serves as the collaborative, coordinating agency between local partner churches and community (agencies, other ministries, government, and schools) to provide effective, coordinated help for the disadvantaged through its healthy choice food pantry, clothing pantry, medical support fund, educational nutrition classes, car repair for low income working families and rent and utility assistance. Located int heart of Muskegon Heights, ,MAP most frequently serves minority populations in the the urban areas; however, all that request and qualify for assistance are served.
Mission Intern Program
The Mission Intern Program, a ministry of the Michigan Annual Conference, encourages young adults to explore servant ministry for a summer. Interns work to provide summer programming for children and youth in rural and urban areas.
Motor City Wesley
Motor City Wesley engages young adults in missional creativity, conspiracy and community from the heart of Detroit. We do this by connecting campuses and congregations in witness, mission and discipleship projects. Help us reach more young adults so they can help your church reach the whole world.
Motown Mission provides short term mission and service learning opportunities that are intentional and tailored to the needs of our partners and volunteers. We strive to do ministry alongside our neighbors and engage in the work it takes to do short term mission in holistic ways. We hire college-aged summer staffers who participate in leadership development and spiritual discernment.
New Church Development Fund
The New Church Development Fund is used to fund start-up costs for new faith communities. We will utilize a variety of models in creating new faith communities. To provide “Bold and Effective Leaders,” the conference will recruit, assess, and train pastors and lay leaders to start new faith communities.
New Worship Service Fund
The New Worship Service fund will assist local churches determine what kind of worship services are needed to reach their mission field and provide start-up money to launch a new service to reach new people.
Next gen: ministry with 2nd and 3rd generation latinos (formerly hyla)
This ministry supports ministries with 2nd and 3rd generation Latinos. The ministries include Latinxt Academy (formally Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy), Vacation Bible Schools, Summer Programs, Family Camps, Leadership Bridge Events, and more. Our vision is to create faithful Christian leaders that will have a positive impact in their communities and churches.
North End Community Ministries
North End Community Ministry (NECM) is a non-profit, community service ministry providing 6 programs/services for people in need on the NE side of Grand Rapids, MI. The majority of programs/services we provide are food related, as NECM feels that humans have a basic right to access food at no cost. Our largest program is a client choice food pantry serving over 700 families per month through its network partnership with Access of West Michigan. Ministry in action is not only providing food, but building relationships and equipping people with skills through our educational classes.
Pathfinders of Muskegon
Pathfinders, “I am the Village” is an afterschool program whose main purpose is to create an environment that is safe and all-inclusive for youth 8-18 years of age. The emotional, social and physical development of youth has a direct impact on the adult each child will become. The Village helps to create the environment that every child need in order to do better. Such as a safe environment, a safe neighborhood, stronger families and a supportive community in hopes that every child has equal footing to be successful. The village can offset the impact of poverty and risk factors that create roadblocks along the way. Pathfinders help feed kids every day, give survival bags for the weekend, and identify scholastic needs, especially as it relates to literacy. We also collaborate with behavior health specialist to help youth deal with the stress of school, home and life. Pathfinders also provides personal hygiene items, so we can address self-dignity and esteem. We engage, we empower and we motivate every child.
Pa Wa Ting – Native American Elders Program
Pa Wa Ting is an outreach program to Native American Elders and their families. It provides meals, health screenings, information & referral, pastoral care, counseling, social connection, volunteer opportunities, transportation & Community Service opportunities through the court system.
Redford Brightmoor Initiative
The Redford Brightmoor Initiative is a nonprofit organization in service to the neighborhoods of Brightmoor (Detroit) and Redford, Michigan. It is committed to resident engagement and providing basic amenities.
Saganing Native American Center (SNAC)
The building currently needs major repair to the roof under the steeple, and the steeple needs to be removed and cleaned. Areas of siding have holes, and there are rodents inhabiting these spaces of disrepair. The plumbing underneath the building is a disastrous cobbling of garden hose and rusted parts. The building also needs to be power-washed, the north side being the most crucial.
SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
Since 1986, Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan has offered access to hope and healing to all God’s people through high quality, spiritually integrated psychotherapy, and through education.
South End Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM) Resource Center
At SECOM Resource Center we strive to live out our Vision, “helping today, building hope for tomorrow” on a daily basis. SECOM primarily serves households in the 49507 zip code, an area that has one of the highest poverty levels in Kent County. We provide help today through our Healthy Food Pantry and Little Steps Preschool. Hope for tomorrow is offered through nutrition education programs, assistant with employment and benefits applications, advocacy, empowerment initiatives, and volunteer and community engagement opportunities.
South Lansing Ministries
We have a food bank (serving from 275-350 people per month), personal needs closet, computer bank, garden project, kids reading corner, information and referral, and a new Community Builders program in a local elementary school. This project is designed to create community, teach young people how to use their voice and problem solve. We will be duplicating and expanding Community Builders in the next year. We also have a weekend food program for kids, and have many volunteers going to the Greater Lansing Food Bank to pack and sort.
Spirit Journey is a ministry that empowers Native American youth ages 8-14 to reach their God given potential by offering summer programming. This includes Basketball Camp, Gus Mack 3 on 30 basketball tournaments in Ludington, Belding, Sault Ste. Marie, day trips around the Grand Traverse Region, writing camp at Pictured Rocks, weeklong overnight camp at Northport Indian Methodist Campground and a weekend trip to Cedar Point for our junior counselors.
Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery
The Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, located at Detroit: Central UMC, is Southeast Michigan's unique location for peace and justice related art exhibits as well as a location for a number of peace-related events. The Gallery also has a gift shop featuring books, cards and artwork that can be purchased.
The NOAH Project
The NOAH Project operates a Community Center in downtown Detroit for homeless and low income individuals. We use our Bag Lunch Program as the beginning of a trusting relationship with our clients. NOAH provides case management, wellness counseling, a computer lab, an art program, a quarterly Earn-A- Bike Program, and quarterly dental clinic. The mission of NOAH is to empower low income and homeless Detroiters to achieve stability by serving as the first step on the journey to self sufficiency.
United Methodist Community House
UMCH has been a venerable, trusted resource in Grand Rapids, providing expansive services for everyone from infants to senior citizens in a warm, inclusive, multi-cultural atmosphere since 1902. UMCH programs are divided into four core focus areas: Child Development, Youth Development, Adult Programs, and Senior Programs.
United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation
UMRC has been a leader in innovative senior care since 1906, offering Michigan’s most diverse housing options and services to older adults of all income levels. The UMRC Foundation was created in 1998 to help keep our faithful founders’ promise of Benevolent Care for qualified residents who outlive their resources. As the senior population continues to grow, your gifts to the Benevolent Care Fund help ensure that our residents always have a home where they are loved and treasured.
United Methodist URBAN YOuth ALLIANCE
The United Methodist Urban Youth Alliance creates a safe, dynamic, open space for urban youth to become leaders. Specifically, we exist to: provide a safe, structured, nurturing environment for urban youth; bring urban youth into full connection within the United Methodist Church; revitalize urban churches; address the particular and unique needs of urban youth, and make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Wesley at Central Michigan University
Wesley@CMU is an open, authentic community building disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. A wide variety of weekly and special events builds community among Christians, those of other faiths, and those with no faith, drawing people in to Christian worship and study. Intentional leadership development for Christians helps incoming freshmen become effective leaders of the program and in the church before graduation. Our Leadership Residence houses up to 8 students in an intentional Christian community.
Wesley Fellowship at Grand Valley State University
Wesley Fellowship at Grand Valley offers a place where students can learn about and follow Jesus Christ in a non-judgmental, inclusive, and welcoming environment. We help students learn how their faith connects to
the rest of their lives- including their career choices and their social justice concerns. In the tradition of the United Methodist Church, we offer thoughtful Bible study, spiritual formation, and opportunities to put one's
faith into action.
Wesley Foundation of Ferris State University
Ferris Wesley House is a campus ministry that ministers to the Ferris State University campus and community. We build strong leaders by involving students in leadership through the campus ministry, in local churches and on campus.
Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo
Wesley of Kalamazoo is the United Methodist campus ministry serving Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Wesley welcomes all persons through a variety of invitational and hospitable events and ministries, affirms all person through the reconciling and anti-racism practices, equips all persons through discipleship, acts of mercy and works of justice, challenges all persons through leadership development based on grace and mutual accountability.
Wesley Foundation of THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan is a United Methodist campus ministry providing varied opportunities and programs for all students and other campus-related persons. We are a pluralistic community academically, theologically, and by age and interest. All students from nearby universities such as University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Concordia University, and Washtenaw Community College are welcome. We are also a community of persons committed to caring, sharing, serving, learning, and growing with each other regardless of ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital or economic status, disability, or other human differences. Our common bond is God's love shown through Jesus Christ. Our emphases include concern for the social implications of the gospel in the world and personal growth as Christians.