The Four Areas of Focus express the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. Narrowing our focus to these four areas allows churches to use their resources effectively as they live out God’s vision for the church.
Vital Congregations in The United Methodist Church are working together throughout the connection to bear fruit in four key focus areas:
- creating new places for new people,
- developing principled Christian leaders,
- engaging in ministry with the poor, and
- stamping out the killer diseases of poverty like malaria.
These Four Areas of Focus originally emerged as a framework offered by the Council of Bishops and General Secretaries to respond to a deep and urgent yearning across the church for common, united focus on mission and ministry. Implementing a vision of this size requires a spirit of church-wide collaboration that transcended the agendas of agencies, conferences, special interest groups, and individuals.
By 2020, we look forward to our United Methodist Church as a Vital Connection:
called out to serve as principled Christian leaders in our world today.
with who profess their faith through renewed and new faith communities around the world.
that can build , particularly with children.