United Methodist Women nurture a creative and supportive community for accomplishing our goals and fulfilling our purpose. We lean on our beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills. We champion leadership development and encourage women to realize their full potential and to participate in the life of the church and society through work, study, and sharing of talents and gifts.
United Methodist Women use our ecumenical connections, structural, connectional, and missional systems and solidarity with groups that work with women, children, and youth in the global community to live out our mission.
United Methodist Women connect and gather at the local, district,and conference level to learn, grow, and do mission. Our hands-on service projects, mission giving, and mission studies may focus on local, district, conference, national, or world concerns, and primarily center around issues related to women and children.
The United Methodist Church General Conference 2012 voted to make United Methodist Women’s national policy making body autonomous. Although now considered an independent agency, UMW remains missionally connected to The United Methodist Church with a modified board structure to meet the changing needs of women organized for mission.
Today, The United Methodist Women’s National Office is the national policy-making body of the organization and is incorporated separately from the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Women’s National Office partners with the General Board of Global Ministries (and is represented on the GBGM)as well as the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and other denominational agencies.Further, funds of United Methodist Women are their own and are disbursed through the local unit, district, and conference level.