This coming Sunday, April 18, is Native American Ministries Sunday in The United Methodist Church. This Sunday recognizes and supports the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. The observance is one of six special church-wide Sunday offerings,

The funds received this Sunday will allow The United Methodist Church to partner with existing native ministries and create programs on behalf of Native Americans. Money collected also supports seminary scholarships for United Methodist Native Americans.

Half of the offering received will remain in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church to develop and strengthen Native American ministries. The national offering will be distributed equally between the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry to provide scholarships for American Indians attending United Methodist-related schools of theology and the Native American Urban Initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries.

Approximately 19,000 United Methodists identify themselves as Native American. There are about 225 United Methodist churches, fellowships, and ministries that relate to this population.

For more information and resources about Native American Ministries Sunday, visit here.