Celebrating 200 Years of Methodist Missions


This is a call to active engagement in mission, individually and as a church community. Join us to connect with others that are passionate about mission, take home resources and learn about opportunities to put compassion into action.



Join us in one of three events during October. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with lunch and child care included:

  • Roseburg UMC, October 5th (CANCELLED)

  • Tigard UMC, October 12th

  • Boise UMC, October 26th


Crossing Boundaries: Partnership in Mission from Greater Northwest Episcopal Area on Vimeo.

Two hundred years ago John Stewart, an African American farmer in Ohio, began a ministry to the Wyandot tribe of Native Americans. This humble beginning even then reflected the “from everywhere to everywhere” understanding of global missions that is leading us into the 21st century. 

We in Oregon and Idaho are the direct descendants of that mission movement. As we mark the 200th anniversary of Methodist global ministry the Oregon-Idaho Global Ministry Team is bringing a Bicentennial celebration to three regional locations in the fall of 2019. It will be a celebration of our history, but also a chance for individuals and churches to equip themselves with resources and information on current mission opportunities both locally and globally.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Benjamin Hartley, Professor of Christian Mission at George Fox University.

Workshop offerings will include these areas:

  • Disaster Preparedness/Connecting Neighbors - Are you ready to take care of yourself and help your church and neighbors when disaster strikes? Come learn a few simple tasks that will make you more resilient after a disaster. Information about UMCOR's (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Connecting Neighbors curriculum will be shared. Your church can prepare to be ready to respond to the needs of your community after a disaster
  • Disaster Response - Interested in responding to disasters through Oregon-Idaho UMCOR teams? Come learn about Early Response Teams and Volunteer in Mission (VIM) teams. These teams provide a caring Christian presence and a message of love and hope to the survivors of disaster as they move through the relief and rebuild phases of recovery.
  • United Methodist Volunteers in Mission - why UMVIM? Are you interested in stepping outside your church doors and being in mission? Find out about opportunities through VIM and how you can work beside and empower people who have been impacted by poverty and major disasters. You can begin the journey today!
  • Current Missionary Service - Have you been wondering how to locate one of our 300+ missionaries? How do you start a connectional relationship? Come and see how easy it is with the available General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) resources. You'll learn how to impact our global missions work through various ways to show support. When was the last time one of our missionaries visited your church? Learn how easy it is to "host a visit"!  (This is something even small congregations can do these days.  Find out HOW.)
  • Abundant Health for All - Making the Connections Between Healthy Bodies, Minds, Hearts, and Spirits in our Lives, our ‘Families’, our Congregations, our Communities, our Denomi-Nation, and our World.
  • The Advance/UMCOR - The Advance for Christ and the Church is a uniquely United Methodist program that enables churches, groups and individuals to support and remain in contact with carefully vetted Mission programs around the world. UMCOR is the agency of the United Methodist Church that has been responding to crisis situations and human need for over 75 years--“the first in and the last out” wherever and whenever bad things happen.


Cost: $20.00

Promotional resources:

Register now

For more information, please contact Roz Collins at mission.partners@umoi.org or 503.618.9999.

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, 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.

For more information, contact our Conference UMVIM ERT Coordinator, Larry Johnson.

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