Did you know that more than 20,000 Native American people are part of The United Methodist Church? Native American Ministries Sunday celebrates them and directly supports the 157 Native American congregations that are part of the UM denomination. Your special offering on May 5 will help in these churches’ efforts to authentically minister with their communities and will provide scholarships for Native American seminary students. Through gifts shared on this Special Sunday, United Methodist Native American seminary students and congregations are empowered to develop new ministries that honor creative expression of their culture. They are equipped to form new ministry partnerships and coalitions, encouraging community reconciliation and restoration.
Native American Ministries Sunday is just six weeks away. Now is a great time to gather your leadership team and begin discussing your strategy for inviting your congregation to contribute to this special offering.
Does your congregation have members who are Native Americans? If so, invite them to be part of planning the worship celebration. You can also contact the California-Nevada Annual Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) and invite a guest speaker to your church.
Worship resources and information have been prepared to share with your congregation about the importance of Native American Ministries Sunday.
For ideas about engaging your church in celebrating Native American Ministries Sunday, print and share this poster.
For worship, social media, and other resources to prepare for Native American Ministries Sunday, download your toolkit here.
If you don't already have offering envelopes for Native American Ministries Sunday, please order them today and ask your congregation to give generously on May 5.
In a message to all UM churches, the Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries for Global Ministries and Allyson Collinsworth, Executive Director, Loans and Scholarships, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, remind us that through our connection, we live out our commitment to repentance, healing forgiveness, and love. “Thank you,” they say, “for reminding your congregation to give generously on May 5.”