General Church Agencies

The United Methodist Church has a total of 13 councils, boards, and commissions that carry out denominational work. If you or your church organization need assistance, a general agency stands by to assist you. Read more about what each agency does.

General Commission on Finance and Administration

The General Council on Finance and Administration administers the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination. Read more...

P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203-0029
866-367-4232 (toll free)

General Board of Church and Society

The 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. Read more...

100 Maryland Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

General Board of Discipleship

The 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. Read more...

P.O. Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
877-899-2780 (toll free)
Email Communications Coordinator

General Board of Global Ministries

The General Board of Global Ministries is 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. Read more...

475 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10115

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

The 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. Read more...

P.O. Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
Contact GBHEM

General Board of Pension and Health Benefits

The 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. Read more...

1901 Chestnut Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025-1604
Contact GBoPHB

Archives and History

The 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. Read more...

P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940

United Methodist Communications

The 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. Read more...

P.O. Box 320 Nashville, TN 37202

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women serves as the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members. The organization fosters spiritual growth, develops leaders and advocates for justice. They raise up to $20 million each year for projects related to women, children and youth around the world.

Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10115
Email UMW

United Methodist Men

The 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. Read more...

P.O. Box 340006
Nashville, TN 37203-0006

General Commission on Religion and Race

The General Commission on Religion and Race focuses 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. Read more...

100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20002

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women

The 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. Read more...

77 W. Washington, Suite 1009
Chicago, IL 60602
800-523-8390 (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. Read more...

P.O. Box 801
Nashville, TN 37202-0801