General Agency: United Methodist Women
As it fosters spiritual growth and develops leaders, United Methodist Women (UMW) seek to improve the lives of women, children and youth in the United States and internationally. United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. UMW advocates on peace and justice, economic inequality, education, the rights of children, human rights and farm workers' rights. UMW supports its work with a scriptural basis and adheres to the denominational mandates in The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions
General agencies are the regularly established councils, boards, commissions, committees, or other units with ongoing responsibilities that have been constituted by the General Conference. They provide essential services and ministries beyond the scope of individual local congregations and annual conferences through services and ministries that are highly focused, flexible, and capable of rapid response.
(For more about General Agencies see ¶701 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline)