Missions


We are active and engaged in Missions

We are a church in service to the least, the last, and the lost wherever there is a need. Examples of individual and teams in service are:

  • Locally - in our communities, we provide shelters and soup kitchens, serve on Habitat for Humanity and National Rebuilding Together projects, participate in SOLVE projects, and a host of other needs as they become known. Members serve as first responders and, as a Conference, we work with other non-governmental agencies active in disasters to prepare for crises and respond as needed.
  • Locally, Regionally and Nationally - we provide Early Response Teams (ERT) and United Methodist Volunteer in Missions (UMVIM) teams to assist in Relief and Long Term Recovery efforts following natural and human-caused disasters like earthquakes, wildfires, major storms, and flooding.

If you think God may be calling you to explore opportunities in mission work, check out the possibilities here or contact our Conference Missions Secretary.


Support For Our Disaster Ministries

Our disaster ministries are only made possible through your financial support of UMCOR and our Conference funds. These are:

  • UMCOR Advance #901670 - source of funds for grants to support needs within the U.S. and Caribbean region. Make your contribution at the link.
  • Conference Disaster Response Fund - Fund #260; provides funds for preparedness and response within the Conference. Make your gift to Conference Advance #260 through your church.
  • Conference Early Response Teams (ERT) Support Fund - Fund #261; provides support to help defray costs for Early Response Team preparedness and deployment. Make your gift to Conference Advance #261 through your church.

Disaster Ministry Training

Fire, flood, tornado, or earthquake can change lives in an instant, and each present real threats within our Conference. Get the skills and information you need to develop and be part of response teams for emergencies near or far.  Being ready to offer a trained and caring Christian response is critical, but it takes dedicated training to be effective.

ERT Basic, Advanced, and UMVIM Team Leader Training

Are you prepared to be a member of teams that respond to crisis and disaster? You can make a difference. Emergency Response Teams (ERT) get training on how to respond when natural disasters strike and how to be an effective caring Christian presence with the survivors.

ERT Basic and Refresher training is scheduled December 9, 2017, 8:30-5:00 p.m., at Bend First UMC.

For more information, contact our Conference UMVIM ERT Co-Coordinator, Becky Platt.


Check Out Generation Transformation...Designed for Young Adults!

Global Missions Fellows applications will be accepted later this year for next year's class...stay tuned.

Check out the opportunities at Generation Transformation, created by the General Board of Global Ministries to engage young adults, ages 18 - 30, in mission opportunities.


Key Conference Missions Contacts:

Boldly Making Disciples of Jesus Christ - Vitalizing the Church - Transforming the World