The United Methodist Connection

The United Methodist Church works through a unique interconnected system that keeps us connected in mission and ministry. It is often simply called “the connection.” Connectionalism is uniquely demonstrated through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We are connected in mission and ministry to other United Methodists throughout the world. There is power in the connection!

Searcy First United Methodist Church is a member of the Arkansas Conference – a means of connecting and governing all United Methodist churches in Arkansas. The mission of the Arkansas Conference is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ equipped to transform the world with excellence and passion.”

UMCOR is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.

The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. GBCS is defined by its five areas of ministry: (1) Public Witness and Advocacy, (2) Administration, (3) Ministry of Resourcing Congregational Life, (4) United Nations Ministry, and (5) Communications.

GBOD helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples through, training, resourcing, and consulting.

The purpose of GBGM is to connect the church in mission throughout the world. Its four mission goals are to (1) make disciples of Jesus Christ, (2) strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities, (3) alleviate human suffering, and (4) seek justice, freedom, and peace.

Read more on the boards and commissions of The United Methodist Church.