General Church Boards & Agencies
General agencies are organized by function. If you or your church organization need assistance in any part of your ministry, a general agency stands by to assist you.
General Commission on Archives and History
Gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept.
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
General Commission on Communication (United Methodist Communications)
Provides leadership for the denomination in the fields of communication, public relations, and promotion of the general funds and programs of the denomination. It is the official news gathering and distribution agency of the denomination. It provides resources and services to local churches and annual conferences in the field of communications.
P.O. Box 320
Nashville, TN 37202
General Commission on Christian Unity & Interreligious Concerns
Advocates for and works toward Christian unity in every aspect of the life of The United Methodist Church. It works to enable ecumenical and interreligious understanding and experience among all United Methodists.
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1300
New York, NY 10115
800-653-8936 (toll free)
United Methodist Publishing House
The United Methodist Publishing House distributes all the official publications, records and forms of the denomination, publishes books through Abingdon Press, and operates Cokesbury retail and online stores, mail order service. It also publishes and distributes church school materials and resources throughout the denomination.
P.O. Box 801
Nashville, TN 37202-0801
General Commission on Religion and Race
Focused on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination.
100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Ste. 400Washington, DC 20002202-547-2271202-547-0358 (fax)
General Council on Finance and Administration
Administers the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination.
PO Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203-0029
866-367-4232 (toll free)
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Prepares and assists people to fulfill their ordained ministries and to provide general oversight for campus ministries and institutions of higher education.
PO Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
General Board of Discipleship
Provides leadership and resources in the areas of spiritual growth and development, devotional literature, curriculum resources, Christian education, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity. The General Board of Discipleship oversees The Upper Room.
P.O. Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
877-899-2780 (toll free)
General Commission on United Methodist Men
Involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and to provide resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.
P.O. Box 340006
Nashville, TN 37203-0006
General Board of Global Ministries
Responsible to witness to Jesus Christ throughout the world, to recruit and send missionaries, to raise the awareness and support of persons in local churches for global mission, and to assist in the development of Christian churches and leadership.
475 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10115
United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
475 Riverside Drive, 15th floor
New York, New York 10115
General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
Supervises and administers the pension and benefits programs, plans, and funds of The United Methodist Church. It administers and disburses the retirement and benefit funds of the various annual conferences.
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60201
General Board of Church and Society
Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society.
100 Maryland Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
General Commission on Status and Role of Women
Challenges The United Methodist Church to a commitment to the full participation of women in the complete life and mission of the church. The commission serves as an advocate for and on behalf of women, seeks to eliminate inequities in relation to women in the church, and monitors the general agencies, institutions, and connectional structures to ensure inclusiveness of women.
77 W. Washington, Suite 1009
Chicago, Illinois 60602
800-523-8390 (toll free)