Ministry that Matters

Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth has issued the challenge of Going the M.I.L.E. to the Greater Northwest Area as a vision for how we do our work and engage in the mission of the Church of Jesus. The first initial ‘M’ stands for ‘Ministry that Matters.’

As we gather for the Western Jurisdictional Conference this July, we’d like to kick off all our business with some Ministry that Matters. We are beginning WJC with acts of compassion and justice on July 10th from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. As United Methodists, loving and serving people experiencing poverty is a core part of our identity and calling.

We will engage with local agencies and ministries, including Shalom Ministries, Catholic Charities, and Spokane Parks & Recreation, to serve and learn together. Because of the number of us gathering, we will be divvied up into several teams:

Compassion Kits

We will be sending out lists of needed items, and a team will stay at The Centennial Hotel to put together kits for our unhoused neighbors. The kits will include items such as water bottles, socks, menstrual products, granola bars, and hand sanitizer. This work will be fully ADA-accessible. These kits will be passed out to local churches as well as to local homeless agencies and services.

Park Clean Up

A large group will be sent out to clean up the River Front Park from trash and litter. This park is directly next to the hotel. We are working out details with the city. Portions of this work may not be fully ADA-accessible. 

Shalom Ministries

Shalom Ministries is a United Methodist-affiliated ministry that provides “dining with dignity” to all who may need it. A team of 20-25 will be sent to this location to serve breakfast, pass out clothes, clean up the area, and do other needed tasks. This team must be onsite by 7:00 a.m. to be ready to serve breakfast. They will also learn about Shalom Ministries and the vital work they are doing in Spokane, Washington. This location is ADA-compliant.

Catholic Charities

A few groups will be sent to the various ministry sites of the local Catholic Charities to serve in various capacities.

More information will be forthcoming regarding these “Ministry that Matters” opportunities or other sites that we finalize.

Prepared by Rev. Megan Madsen – Pastor, Covenant UMC, Spokane, WA
Western Jurisdictional Conference Ministry that Matters Coordinator

Pin It on Pinterest