Board of Church and Society
The Board of Church and Society's disciplinary role is to develop and promote programs on church and society within the bounds of the Baltimore-Washington Conference that include prison ministry and reform concerns, and develop programs that provides education and action on issues confronting the church consistent with the Social Principles and the policies adopted by the General Conference.
In this conference, it is related to the Discipleship Ministries Area, whose task is to resource congregations to become like Christ and to call, equip, send and support disciples to build Acts 2 churches. The Board also is part of the Grow Mission Team, whose goal is to engage 95% of worshippers in social justice ministries.
The Vision of the BWC Board of Church and Society is “that all conference local congregations be connected with the community in which they serve and are involved in pro-active Discipleship Adventures through justice ministries and advocacy for the transformation of the world.”
The Board’s Mission is “to equip and support local congregations to be involved in pro-active justice ministries through education and advocacy.”
Goals for the 2011-2012 program year are:
To provide information and resources on justice ministries for local churches.
- to maintain the webpage with relevant information and links to resources for justice ministries,
- to build small coalitions around justice issues,
- to maintain a list of resource persons trained in specific justice ministries, and
- to encourage use of the Social Principles for small group study and for sermons
- To maintain partnerships with interfaith, ecumenical and secular groups addressing similar issues.
- to support the position of Conference Advocate,
- to work with other faith and secular groups on our priority issues for education and advocacy,
- to participate in activities and programs of the General Board of Church and Society
- BWC Advocacy Toolkit
- How to Discern Between Charity and Justice (article by Bishop Peggy Johnson, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference)
View a new video of the United Methodist Social Creed Companion Litany: