Exciting Church and Community Worker News at UMM
April 29, 2011
This spring, United Methodist Ministries Executive Director Rev. Stephanie Ahlschwede announced that UMM has been designated a Church and Community Worker site by the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church (GBGM). UMM received word in December of their selection after a three year application period. Soon thereafter UMM’s Lisa Maupin was named a Church and Community Worker, and will serve as the first GBGM missionary at the UMM site.
Church and Community Workers are commissioned missionaries of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, who, in response to God's call, are devoted to uplifting the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. They work to change the social inequities of poverty, racial injustice, and domestic violence. As their name implies, they take the church into the community and bring the community into the church.
"We have been working a long time to be part of the Church and Community Worker program. The program is important to us because it adds an additional linkage to the global United Methodist Church” said Ahlschwede. “We are pleased and proud to participate in the Church and Community Worker, Advance, and Volunteer in Mission programs.”
Maupin’s Church and Community Worker duties include coordinating VIM teams that serve through UMM; planning events including the four annual Days of Service hosted by UMM; and leading the UMM Communications Department. She will be commissioned this fall in New York City along with the other new Church and Community Workers. Shared Ahlschwede, “I am particularly excited that Lisa has this opportunity to relate to other church professionals who share her passion for ministry. Her gifts and graces are truly perfect for this program, and we are so pleased that the match committee allowed her to begin her career as a Church and Community Worker with us.”
As part of the national United Methodist 10-Fold Campaign, Maupin will be one of four missionaries to be featured in webcasts on May 10th promoting the work of United Methodists around the world. Throughout the day, go to 10-Fold.org to hear Maupin and other United Methodist missionaries talk about their work and how connecting back to their supporting churches nourishes them.