United Methodist giving is about people working together to accomplish something bigger than themselves. In so doing, we affect change in the world in the name of Jesus Christ. We do this in our individual congregations, of course. In Minnesota, approximately 90 percent of every dollar put into in the offering plate supports the work of the particular United Methodist congregation that received it. The rest goes beyond our walls to help heal a broken world.
“First-mile giving” refers to local churches’ funding of worldwide mission projects and personnel through the payment of apportionments, “a portion meant for others”. Apportionment funds that leave Minnesota are used to build new churches, hospitals, and schools; pay missionary salaries; provide youth ministry leadership; start agricultural programs; enrich 11 historic black colleges; pave the way for students from developing countries; and more.
“Second-mile giving” refers to local churches’ giving over and above apportionments to many missions and ministries to which they feel particularly called. Second-mile giving is done through “The Advance,” an official program of The United Methodist Church. One-hundred percent of all gifts made through the Advance go to the intended project or recipient.
General Advances refer to more than 1,000 “Advance” projects that United Methodists support. They are located in 80 countries and 21 states (beyond Minnesota), and they are administered through the General Board of Global Ministries. Learn more and search for various Advance projects.
Conference Advances refer to the Advance projects that have specific ties to Minnesota. The Conference Advances are:
- All Feathers Ministry, Inc. in Cass Lake is an ecumenical ministry that primarily serves people of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. It offers worship, Bible studies, children’s and youth ministries, and Native American spiritual retreats. Call 218-339-2808.
- Banyan Foundation in Minneapolis helps prepare youth in the Phillips neighborhood for high school and college.
- Bountifield (formerly Compatible Technology International) provides guidance and technical assistance to rural poor people in the world through the application of simple, human-powered technologies. They are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions to end hunger and poverty.
- Camp Minnesota is the camping ministry of the Minnesota Conference and comprises several camp sites. Camp Minnesota's mission is to provide quality camp, retreat, and conference experiences in which Christ is offered to as many as possible to raise up faithful disciples so the world is transformed.
- Care Crew is a volunteer service of Sunrise UMC that cares for the homebound in Mounds View. (UMC)
- Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis provides services to torture survivors and advocates for public policy initiatives that aim to put an end to torture.
- Department of Indian Work through the Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul serves American Indians in the east metro by providing emergency services, academic tutoring, cultural enrichment, and health ministries.
- The Dignity Center at Hennepin Avenue UMC in Minneapolis supports people in poverty by assigning them an advocate who meets with them regularly and helps them set and meet goals; it also provides participants access to a wide variety of resources to help them achieve stability. (UMC)
- Emma Norton Services in St. Paul provides housing and support services to women, children, and youth overcoming homelessness, mental illness, and chemical dependency. (UMC)
- Family Table at Fridley UMC serves people at a community meal once a month. (UMC)
- Feed My Starving Children packs and ships meals to hungry children and families in 70 countries throughout the world.
- Gathering House provides counseling, skills training, and UMC Bible studies to offenders in the Steele City Detention Center. Contact: Cindy Kennedy, 612-239-0247.
- Gopher Wesley Foundation is a United Methodist campus ministry at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities that focuses on compassion and justice to and with students. (UMC)
- Grace Children’s Center in Vietnam cares for children in Ho Chi Minh City. The Minnesota Conference has a partnership through which Minnesota United Methodists are helping to expand the center. Call 612-230-6129. (UMC)
- Harbor House Crisis Shelter provides hospitable shelter transitional living, and services for homeless women and families in Superior, Wisconsin.
- Hispanic Academic Support System is a ministry of La Puerta Abierta UMC that tutors children in English and computer skills. Call 651-224-8375. (UMC)
- Imara International provides education and life skills for teenage mothers in Kenya.
- Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul unites churches and civic organizations to build a more just, safe, and livable East Metro for all and to help people overcome poverty and other barriers.
- International Child Care provides medical care for children in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Contact Lori McBride at 651-208-9000.
- Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) works to expand affordable housing opportunities in the Twin Cities.
- Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois, is a disaster relief facility that works with volunteers of all ages to sort and pack supplies. (UMC)
- The Mobile Ministry is a ministry of Crane Lake Chapel and Kabetogama UMC that provides visitation to isolated persons in the northern reaches of Minnesota. (UMC)
- Mosaic is a ministry of Brooklyn UMC in Brooklyn Center that reaches out to homeless and runaway youth in the northwest metro. (UMC)
- Mounds Park Community Ministries within Mounds Park UMC in St. Paul supports a grocery giveaway and children’s and youth ministries in Mounds Park. (UMC)
- Multi-Cultural Ministries of Living Spirit UMC in Minneapolis provides training and resources for intercultural competency. (UMC)
- OC Ministries builds and supports classrooms, clinics, and churches in Jamaica, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. (UMC)
- Personal Energy Transportation provides mobility carts in 101 countries. Call 651-261-2344
- Project Ag-Grad selects promising students from developing countries and supports them as they pursue advanced degrees in agriculture at the University of Minnesota; upon completing their degrees, the students return home to become agricultural leaders. (UMC)
- Se Luz brings the light of Christ to youth in Guatemala through service and discipleship.
- Simpson Center for Servant Ministries collects and distributes fresh food items to families in South Minneapolis each summer. It also provides tutoring and music lessons and serves the community in a variety of other ways. (UMC)
- Simpson Food Pantry serves the Whittier neighborhood in Minneapolis on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
- Simpson Housing Services helps men and women in Minneapolis make the transition to affordable permanent housing. (UMC)
- Southside Coalition helps Simpson UMC and Walker UMC minister to people and help meet needs in South Minneapolis. Call 612-722-6612. (UMC)
- START Senior Solutions (Formerly called Apparent Plan) is a nonprofit that provides health promotion programs and advocacy services for older adults and their families. Learn more.
- Team Tutoring/Mentoring is a ministry of Living Spirit UMC in Minneapolis that trains volunteers to work one-on-one with upper-elementary students in South Minneapolis. Call 612-721-5025. (UMC)
- World Beat Connection provides short-term, cross-cultural experiences and bridge-building through music between natives of Minnesota and various countries. Call 612-230-6124. (UMC)
For information regarding Advances related to Congregational Development, or to give to one of the faith communities that are less than seven years old, contact Congregational Development Associate Gail Johnson.