featured7 - Community Service Ministries: Complete Guide to What We Do

Community Service Ministries: Complete Guide to What We Do

If you have ever felt a deep and inherent desire to assist and support your community in a more meaningful and deeper way, look no further. At USMA one of the many ministries we have is especially geared towards community service.

In this article, you will learn more about how we support our communities and how you are able to join in and make a difference in another brother or sister’s life today.

 

Uplifting Those in Need

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We serve our community as we serve our God, with love and support. Those less fortunate are identified and our ministry aims to connect where help is needed, raise funds and assist with housing, employment, any funds needed. Furthermore, we guide our fellow brothers and sisters and share the gospel with them in such a way that they are convinced to convert and join USMA. Our ministry does not stand for merely fixing issues, but for assisting and encouraging real change.

 

Establishing New Churches

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By establishing and developing new congregations, we are harvesting more disciples and increasing our local footprint. It is not about having more visibility, but becoming one with the community and having a strong and supporting following. We also aim to establish more congregations on continents where we have missionaries and do fundraisers to assist with the building of these.

 

Invest in Great Health

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Our bodies are our temples, and we need to take proper care of it. This is true to all our brothers and sisters from around the globe who do not have access to proper healthcare facilities. Our ministries aim to confront these issues and assist those in need of healthcare services, and to those brothers and sisters in our own communities who struggle with healthcare issues too.

 

Growing More Leaders

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In all our outreaches and ministries, we aim to inspire our brothers and sisters, to teach them the ways of the gospel and to educate them in the righteous ways of our Lord and savior. In doing so, and in acting in true love and kindness, we hope to cultivate more Methodist leaders and have a bigger global footprint by doing so. We also have childcare ministries where we actively guide and assist the youth in Methodist ways and beliefs.

We hope you have found this article insightful and that you have a better idea of what we do at community service ministries, what we aim to achieve, and why we want to achieve these goals. We’d love for you to join us and help where you can, whether you have some time to spare and volunteer, or if you would like to help with raising funds. Your help is appreciated.

featured6 - 5 Things We Learned at the UMA Spirit-Centered Leadership Convention

5 Things We Learned at the UMA Spirit-Centered Leadership Convention

If you couldn’t make it to our annual convention, you sure missed out! It was a beautiful event and attended well by fellow brothers and sister who, like you, wish to enrich their lives further by learning the teachings of the gospel, and how to apply it in today’s life with a newly developed leadership trend.

Spirit-centered leadership is based on the principle that we, as God’s disciples, have the strength and ability to ourselves to be the change we wish to accomplish in the world we live in today. We are often times bogged down by things that take place and feel that life throws it at us, or question why God allows these things to happen. Spirit-centered leadership takes this selfish notion out of the equation and assists us to achieve our full potential in becoming and living the gospel through accepting that we, as individuals, have the power to be the change.

 

Here’s what you missed:

Forgiveness

A common principle that we hear about a lot, but most struggle with, is forgiveness. Forgiving others but also forgiving ourselves. When we let go of negative emotions and forgive others the way we wish to be forgiven by them, we clear the path and we are one step closer to achieving pure spirit-centered leadership and gaining more disciples for our community.

 

Prayer

We should never underestimate the power of prayer. This is our communication stream and connection point to our savior but also to others. It connects us to one another in a very intimate way when we pray for one another actively.

 

Giving

By giving hope, support, love, we are giving these gifts to ourselves too. Giving to others is key to achieving ultimate balance and experiencing that open connection to god. It also opens us up to receiving god’s graces. Giving can also be accomplished by giving the gift of the gospel, but living the gospel is the true gift, as others will notice this inside of us.

 

Gratitude

Being grateful for what we have, and what we have in one another as a community will bring us yet another step closer to achieving greatness in becoming spirit-centered leaders. Practicing gratitude actively on a daily basis will add so much to your daily experiences, and in turn, you will experience the grace of God in a whole different way. Practicing gratitude also opens the door of opportunity for giving to those less fortunate and caring for our brothers and sisters in our community.

 

Be the Change

Finally, the last point discussed was the possibility of becoming a change agent, someone who lives the gospel and offers themselves to the service of others selflessly and righteously. This is accomplished by following the points discussed above.

The event was concluded by a beautiful service and delicious luncheon. Be sure to attend our event this year as you will learn more about how you can live the gospel to the fullest, and have a fulfilled and happy life in 2018.

featured5 - 4 Facts About USMA Childcare Ministries You Did Not Know

4 Facts About USMA Childcare Ministries You Did Not Know

Did you know that USMA funds and supports a multitude of ministries? One of which is our dedicated childcare ministry, offering a spiritual environment for growth and education to all the children in our community.

In this article, we’ll glance over 5 fun facts about the childcare ministry, and why you should join in as soon as possible. Our main focus is, of course, the children in our own community, but we also aid those in less fortunate areas by sending missionaries, fundraising and supplying much-needed supplies such as food and educational materials. With your help, we can touch another’s life on the other side of the world. Within our own community, our focus is on creating healthy and educational environments that are also engaging and fun for the children, space where they can become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look at some facts.

 

Partnering up With Larger Initiatives

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We believe in the strength of numbers and have therefore decided to partner up with some of the leading international initiatives, such as International Childcare Ministries, out there to spread the love and support of our Lord and savior even further. We have monthly events where all funds raised will be geared towards assisting these initiatives with their goal to bring the gospel to those children in need of saving. These funds are either given to ministries within these countries to better reach their goals and equip them with the tools they need to serve and protect the children of their communities.

 

Activities that are Fun

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We aim to encourage a love and passion for the gospel in the kids by hosting a wide variety of activities at USMA and surrounding areas. These activities are not only fun for the kids, but are educational and aim to encourage them to be the voice and example of our Lord and Savior, to become true Christian leaders and disciples.

 

Activities that Caters to Everyone

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Whether your child is a budding Rockstar or a buff at chess, our goal is to encourage each and every single child to develop their specific skills and to use it for the greater good. We do not only focus on a single activity, or single out certain children, as we acknowledge the fact that each child is unique, with his or her own abilities and our goal is to find that magic and develop it to be a tool that they can use in the future.

 

A Ministry for Kids and Everyone

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Our childcare ministry is based on every aspect of the child but also aims to inform and educate adults on the needs of children and child care across the globe. Our ministry aims to become a voice for those without a voice, or those who cannot be heard. We want to bridge the gap between child and adult and serve our purpose of nurturing and educating children on the love and unity they have within the church.

We hope that this article convinced you to partake in our childcare ministry activities and that we will see you soon. Remember, you don’t have to have children to be a part, everyone is welcome and every little bit helps.

featured4 - 4 Ways to Live the Best Life Possible by Joining Our Women’s Ministries

4 Ways to Live the Best Life Possible by Joining Our Women’s Ministries

Here at USMA, we strive to uplift our communities, whether it is within our own community or far away. Nothing is impossible and there is no limit on the distance of God’s grace and love, as we know, it can light up even the darkest of places. Serving our sisters with the love and grace of our Lord and Savior is what brings us all together in unity.

We hold to our mission and values with strength and tenacity and believe that by serving and supporting our sisters through Christ, will strengthen not only our beliefs but also those of others who experience the solitude and greatness of God through our support. In this article we will focus on how serving your sisters through one of the USMA women’s ministries will improve our own lives. If you are not currently participating in any of these ministries, we hope that by the end of the article you will be convinced to join.

 

Experience the Wholeness of God’s unwavering Love

Serving your sisters will enhance your relationship with our Lord and Savior in such a way that you have never experienced his love and grace before. By offering your time, support, and love, you will experience community and togetherness in Christ.

 

Empower Your Sisters to Become Disciples

Our women’s ministries are a perfect place for you to commit to and garner sisters for following and becoming a part of our community in Christ. As one of our sisters, you can expect to experience a whole new level of accomplishment and love.

 

Giving Hope and Inspiration

Giving hope and inspiration to those sisters in other countries where they do not have hope or a voice for that matter will evoke a feeling of togetherness and oneness with not only your brethren, but also with our heavenly father. This strong bond will offer you strength and courage to get through the stormy days of our lives.

 

Spreading the word and love even further

By giving your time, love, and support to those communities and sisters who are unable to enjoy the fulfilment we experience with our relationship with our lord otherwise, you are empowering them to spread the love and support and the gospel to their communities – giving you strength and courage to continue growing with others and nurturing your relationship with our savior.

Our mission goes further than just supporting other women and includes giving the love and support minorities and other parties need in the struggle of daily existence. We also aim to support childcare and pregnant women, families, and those suffering from abuse. By joining one of our women’s ministries and becoming an active participant, you are able to change others’ lives, and in turn, your own.

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featured2 - Complete Guide: Everything You Need to Know About USMA Substance Abuse Ministries

Complete Guide: Everything You Need to Know About USMA Substance Abuse Ministries

Alcohol and drug abuse have become a growing problem all across the globe, with abuse figures and statistics skyrocketing over the past couple of years. As the Methodist church and Christianity as a whole do not condone any type of substance abuse or usage of that matter, we have taken it upon ourselves to help our brothers and sisters with these problems.

At USMA, we treat each other and above all our brothers and sisters who lost their way with the same love and respect everyone deserves, making no exception for anyone. We strive for unity and love in our Lord and Savior, the guiding shepherd who keeps us all bonded by humility and humanity. In this article, we discover all the details on why the USMA support, run, and fund Substance Abuse ministries, how we do so, our aim, vision,and mission, as well as other details regarding these ministries.

 

Our View on Substance Abuse

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As Christians and followers of the Methodist ways, we believe in abstinence of any substance use, whether social or not. We abstain from partaking in such acts as we believe in the freedom of the soul and our provider’s love for humankind. This is also our approach with these ministries. We aim to support those persons with substance dependency issues and provide them with the necessary tools to overcome these addictions, through the strength, courage, and love of Christ. Our brothers and sisters with substance abuse problems have families that also need comfort and support during these times, and our ministry aims to provide them with this relief.

As opposed to the government, the USMA aims to support victims of substance abuse and takes on an integrated approach where we focus on not only the prevention of substance abuse but also on rehabilitating members of our community and their families. We believe that all responsible employers should require all current and prospective employee’s to pass a drug test for illegal substances.

It is our call to serve our God and nurture our brothers and sisters who lost their way in this troubling world by guiding them back to God’s greater purpose for them. With this approach, we aim to reach a lot of people in our community, and provide them with the most appropriate support and care to assist them to overcome their obstacle.

Drug and substance abuse has long been overlooked and pushed to the curb, instead of dealing with the issue and placing an overall negative label on substance abuse, which in most cases just add to the problem, we aim to approach the issue with the love and understanding our savior has instructed us to. The severity of the problem should however not be taken lightly. In the list below, we take a closer look at how we approach each substance, illegal or legal, and how we advocate against the use and distribution of it.

 

Drugs

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Drugs in any shape or form are harmful, whether pharmaceutical, natural, or hallucinogenic. As previously mentioned, at USMA we take on an inclusive approach when dealing with substance abuse, and even pharmaceuticals for sale over the counter makes the list here.

As Methodist Christians, we do not believe in the use of recreational drugs, and we take a very strong standing on the use of prescribed drugs too. Due to the nature of the availability of prescribed drugs, there is no way for us to control the issue of taking these medications properly and as prescribed by pharmacists or doctors. The taking of medication in conjunction with other substances have a negative and lasting effect on brothers and sisters who’ve lost their way, and a lot of the prescribed drugs out there have properties to make people addicted to it. Even though we cannot control how these medications are taken, we stand by the law and medical practitioners view on the consumption of prescription drugs in conjunction with other harmful substances such as alcohol or harmful drugs.

Drugs used for recreational purposes are not condoned by the USMA, and include the following:

  • Marijuana
  • Sedatives and Stimulants
  • Narcotics
  • Hallucinogens

In most cases, the abovementioned substances are prescribed by a medical doctor to be taken for a specific illness. In this case, we acknowledge the correct usage of these medications, in the correct prescribed amounts. In no way does USMA promote or support the abuse or the use for recreational purposes of harmful drugs.

Due to the nature of the drugs listed above, using them for any other purposes than health concerns will result in the deterioration of mental and physical health of the person partaking in such activities. As we see our bodies as the church of Christ, polluting it with harmful substances and drugs can cause detrimental and irreversible harm by using these drugs incorrectly and in great volumes. It is therefore seen as a sin, as we are placed on this earth to live a full and fulfilled life, in great health and spread the love and gospel to our brothers and sisters.

Even though our values are very strong in terms of the abuse of drugs, we aim to assist and support those affected by this. By informing and educating our brothers and sisters, we aim to prevent such circumstances. By aiding those suffering from addiction with rehabilitation facilities, guidance, and support, we aim to intervene and treat such addictions.

 

Alcoholic Beverages

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Even though legal, alcohol is also an addictive substance and the cause of many family disputes, domestic violence,and even death. It is astonishing that such a fatal substance is legal and available for sale anywhere and in some states even to minors. We live in a world where substance abuse and specifically alcohol abuse is boosted by marketing campaigns, spreading the message that it is an acceptable social behavior to drink. These messages reach the very impressionable youth and can have a very negative impact on their perception of this very dangerous substance. In most advertisements, it is portrayed as a harmful drink, to enjoy and wind down, when in fact it can cause a lot of problems, including health issues.

We do not agree with these values and abstain from drinking any alcoholic beverages. Therefore, we urge marketing agencies and legislation to be tightened up in order to prevent the abuse of alcohol. Alcohol also has addictive properties and taken in conjunction with harmful drugs, can be detrimental to one’s health. The dangers of this substance are not explicitly stated in current advertising campaigns, and we aim to change that.

By hosting educational talks on the effects of substance abuse, and alcohol abuse,in particular, we aim to prevent this terrible epidemic raging through our country. We also offer multiple support groups and councilors to assist those suffering from or recovering from alcohol abuse and counsel their families too. Substance abuse is an evil that spreads its fingers into the widest corners, affecting not only your body and mind but those around you who care for and love you most.

 

Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products

Considered as one of the most addictive substances out there, cigarettes and tobacco smoke is one of the deadliest. Those who suffer from tobacco addiction are prone to diseases such as cancer, emphysema, and tuberculosis to name but a few. Smoking actively places your body, the temple of God at risk of getting sick, which is against our beliefs.

Due to the fact that this is a legal substance, it is almost impossible to actively combat its reach and influence. Even though we would prefer the selling and consumption of such products to be banned completely, we have decided to stand against the advertisement of such products on all channels, and that the effects of using these products be stipulated on the packaging.

We also encourage legislation to be adapted and encourage tobacco producers to enter another agricultural field, increase the prices of these products to make it more difficult to purchase, and we are willing to fund the development of campaigns to educate and inform the public about the dangers of smoking tobacco products in order to prevent the use of it. Additionally, we urge the government to further scientific studies on the addiction of nicotine and its effects. This will guide researchers in the right way of how to discourage smoking of tobacco products and assist brothers and sisters who wish to quit.

We have a lot of material available on how we aim to prevent substance abuse, how we wish to intervene and treat our brothers and sisters suffering from it, and how we support them and their families on their road to recovery. Remember, we are not against one another, but for one another in love, with the loving guidance of our savior, we can accomplish anything. We would never promote the ill-treatment of any person suffering from any kind of substance abuse and believe that by treating our brothers and sisters with love and respect is the first step to take on the journey of recovery. Please get in touch with us by seeing our home page if you would like some more information or if you would like to learn about opportunities in being an active member.

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5 Things You Need to Know About USMAs Youth Ministries

One of the exciting parts of being a USMA member is the possibility to grow and serve our brothers and sisters in the community. We have loads of ministries for doing just that, and we always encourage our members to take part in these ministries as they not only enrich our lives, but those of our fellow humans not part of the Methodist church, and even those who have never heard the gospel before.

In this article we will discuss everything you need to know about our Youth ministries, why you should become part as an active member, and how the youth ministry serves our community in ways that enrich the lives of each and every young person in our community.

 

1. Cultivating Fishermen for Jesus

Our youth ministries are an open platform for existing young USMA members as well as those looking for peace and solace in God’s open arms. We welcome those with a thirst for the gospel and willing to learn how to serve brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

2. Giving a Platform to Engage

Everyone needs to socialize and this cannot be truer for younger folk. Our youth ministries act as a networking platform where they can interact with their peers, learn from one another, connect and rejoice in the gospel.

 

3. Acknowledge the Youth

Our youth ministries aim to emphasize the importance of cultivating a love for others and our God in the youth as a living testament to God’s love for all people, especially the youth. We aim to empower the youth with the knowledge that they too have a voice and a place in this world where they are heard.

 

4. Be the Voice of the Youth

Not only do we aim to empower and nurture the youth, we also aim to uplift them and bring the importance of their existence and place in the church under the attention of everyone at USMA. The youth ministries act as a platform where youth concerns and issues are discussed and gives us the opportunity to address these issues and concerns with the church and public if and where necessary.

 

5. Empower the Youth

These ministries are also a recognized tool to empower the youth with the knowledge and skills to be true disciples and spread the gospel, by speech and by love, in the world we live in. We aim to evoke a deeper understanding of brotherly love, by example as well as courses, and encourage our youth to be the example of pure love.

If you would like to get involved with our youth ministries either as a leader or as a member or would like to refer someone you know, please get in contact with one of our clergy members, who will be able to assist and give you all the necessary details.

featured1 - Get the Best in Member Saving Opportunities at USMA with These Four Tips

Get the Best in Member Saving Opportunities at USMA with These Four Tips

As a member of our flock, you are able to enjoy many benefits. Needless to say, the gift and pure bliss of camaraderie are included and you will enjoy the support and love of your brothers and sisters in Christ wherever you may find yourself.

But being a member of our Methodist US Ministry Association means you will also be able to enjoy some amazing saving opportunities for you and if you are a business owner, your employees. Simply follow the 4 easy tips discussed here and you will be saving and saved.

 

Tip #1 – Businesses you can Trust

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We have partnered up with some of the leading local businesses that will offer you discounts on any purchases when you use your USMA membership card. Simply show proof of membership when visiting these selected businesses and you will be saving all the way.

 

Tip #2 – Join our Ministries

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Our ministries offer members not only spiritual fulfillment but the opportunity to save. When you join and serve our community, you will be treated to food and funds raised. Enjoy the gift of giving and you will receive plenty.

 

Tip #3 – Bursaries for the Youth

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We assist our members with funding for further education, even if it is not in theology. We aim to empower our members and community and you will enjoy funding and bursaries. Simply visit our offices to discuss your options with one of our clergy members.

 

Tip #4 – Make Use of Retirement Plans

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As a member of USMA, our pensioners are able to benefit from carefully selected retirement plans that will aid them in retiring with peace of mind knowing that they will enjoy their retirement gracefully and with the love and support of brothers and sisters in Christ. We offer ministries and support to old age homes and retirees and members can benefit from all these programs and services. Get in touch with a clergy member for more information on how you can save with our retirement plans for members.

We hope you have found some handy tips on saving with our member savings options here at US Ministry Association. We care deeply about our community and our members – we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and should live in peace with and for one another.