The mission of the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will lead conferences, congregations and ministries to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Strategic areas of focus and pathways

Four point plan with one mission statement.

Personal and social holiness.

Do no harm, do good, stay in love with God.

The 2008 General Conference celebrated the continuing alignment of each local church, annual conference and general agency around our core mission. As a church with a worldwide mission, we are committed to Four Areas of Focus. They are:

  1. Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.
  2. Creating new places for new people by starting new congregations and revitalizing existing congregations.
  3. Engaging in ministry with the poor.
  4. Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.

The church-wide conversation about the Four Areas of Focus was inspired by the Seven Vision Pathways of the Council of Bishops. After examining and reflecting upon the best examples of discipleship in annual conferences and local churches today, the Council identified the vision pathways to articulate the very best of what United Methodists are already doing in pursuit of the church's mission. The Seven Vision Pathways1 are:

  1. Teaching the Wesleyan model of reaching and forming disciples of Jesus Christ,
  2. Strengthening clergy and lay leadership,
  3. Developing new congregations,
  4. Transforming existing congregations,
  5. Ending racism as we authentically expand racial/ethnic ministries,
  6. Reaching and transforming the lives of new generations of children, and
  7. Eliminating poverty in community with the poor.

Our Four Areas of Focus take shape in daily spiritual life as we follow John Wesley's three rules for living: do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God. We find unity through our recommitment to study the faith, seek to live faithfully, and embody Christian discipleship for our time. The potential for impact when we join together in mission is immense. The North Central College of Bishops is committed to lead the church at every level to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

1The Seven Vision Pathways are carried out in local churches,
annual conferences, and general agencies to make disciples
 of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.