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.
This quadrennium, leaders from across the connection — the Connectional Table, the Council of Bishops, General Boards & Agencies, Annual Conferences, and local churches — have worked collectively to articulate strategic directions that will align our work together over the next four years. Moving together in these strategic directions will draw us into better missional alignment, making a deeper impact in the world.
By 2020, we look forward to our United Methodist Church as a Vital Connection:
- equipping 3 million people across the connection to be “difference makers,” called out to serve as principled Christian leaders in our world today.
- with 1 million new disciples who profess their faith through renewed and new faith communities around the world.
- that can build 400 vibrant, flourishing and transforming communities addressing issues of poverty and ministry with the poor, particularly with children.
- that can reach 1 million children with life-saving interventions.