General Agency: General Board of Global Ministries
From everywhere to everywhere, the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) connects the church in mission. It sends and supports over 300 short- and long-term missionaries, including young adults; collaborates and engages with volunteers; participates in evangelizing and church planting through mission initiatives; addresses diseases of poverty and global health; and responds to natural and civil disasters. GBGM is responsible to witness to Jesus Christ throughout the world, to recruit and send missionaries, to raise the awareness and support of persons in local churches for global mission, and to assist in the development of Christian churches and leadership. Global Ministries also provides ways and guidance for United Methodists engage in mission in their communities through their local churches and support life-changing projects for which they have a passion.
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)