Good Shepherd UM Church has been recognized for many years as an Engage (formerly called Spotlight) Church. We intend to continue this faithful engagement with missions by additional giving within Michigan, the US, and global outreach opportunities outlined below.
Step 1: Give 100% of Michigan Conference Ministry Shares
(formerly called Apportionments)
Steps 2-10: Donate to the following 8 ministries within Engage
guidelines and selected by Spark (Administrative Board):
The Redford Brightmoor Initiative is a nonprofit organization in service to the neighborhoods of Brightmoor (Detroit) and Redford, Michigan. They are committed to resident engagement and providing basic amenities.
Cass Community Social Services offers programs to people living in areas of concentrated poverty in Detroit. The four program areas are: food, health/mental healthcare, housing and employment.
Providing health programs for low-income, underinsured, and uninsured people in remote mountain areas.
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.
Providing a Christian home to homeless children
“We are making a real difference in the lives of children and young people by assisting them out of poverty through education.”
The Bishop Craig Children’s Village has been in operation since 2000 with primary support from the Detroit, West Michigan, West Ohio, Indiana and Liberia Annual Conferences. The center provides counseling, healthcare, education, and shelter to destitute youth in war-torn areas. In recent months children orphaned by Ebola have found help and hope at the Village.
Jinnia Siironenf is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service with the Michigan Annual Conference. She was commissioned in August 2018. Jinnia is from Franklinville, North Carolina, where she is a member of Grays Chapel United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. She holds a degree in culinary arts from Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina and has worked as a cook in summer camping programs. A call to mission service came to Jinnia in a “small and quiet voice” and she is excited to see how God will use her in the future.
Supporting UMCOR's response to disasters. UMCOR works in partnership with United Methodist Churches and other local partners to address immediate relief and achieve sustainable recovery.