Celebrating 70 years of The Advance: God's love at work in social justice


In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that whatever we do for "the least of these" we do for God. For 70 years, since 1948, The Advance has given United Methodists and their predecessors the opportunity to serve those who are "the least" in the world's eyes — the marginalized, the poor and the disadvantaged.

The Mission for Migrant Workers (Advance #14241A) is one of many Advance projects devoted to justice for those who find themselves oppressed by power structures in which they have no voice. MFMW is a beacon of hope in the often isolating and abusive life of migrant domestic workers throughout the world, offering a safe haven for women and children seeking refuge and mediation.

MFMW has a presence in Hong Kong. Some 300,000 migrant workers, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, work in conditions that are often degrading or even life threatening. MFMW serves as a lifeline, assuring workers they are not alone in their struggle. Along with serving migrant workers, MFMW reaches out to employers, many of whom are Christian, helping them to see their responsibilities and duties. Read more about the Mission for Migrant Workers' work in Hong Kong here.

Social justice is just one of many areas in which The Advance brings God's love to every corner of the world. More than 300 United Methodist missionaries and over 600 United Methodist-related projects make an impact in these areas: disaster response and recovery, economic empowerment, education, evangelism and church growth, food and agriculture, health, migration, mission personnel, water and sanitation, and women and children.

2018 marks 70 years that The Advance has provided a conduit for United Methodists and their predecessors to bring their generosity to bear on the world in the name of Christ. Join us in celebrating!

In mission,

Thomas Kemper
General Secretary
General Board of Global Ministries

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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