The Free Methodist Church and Urban Ministry
The men and women and churches active in Free Methodist Urban Fellowship (FMUF) believe the best hope for redemption of the city lies within the church of Jesus Christ.
The FMUF network exists to support and encourage urban ministry leadership and to extend the reach and effectiveness of the Free Methodist Church, especially among the poor and disenfranchised in urban areas.
Free Methodist urban workers began collaborating for mutual support about 30 years ago when they met together for a spring conference, calling it the Continental Urban Exchange. In 1982, Free Methodist Urban Fellowship was organized. Since that time, urban leaders in the denomination have continued to meet together to pray, celebrate and strategize efforts to reach North American cities for Christ.
Why become a member of Free Methodist Urban Fellowship?
- Because your contribution helps fund an internship for a young person whom God is calling into urban ministry
- Because your membership entitles you to vote in FMUF elections and take part in decisions that affect the future of Free Methodist Urban Fellowship
- Because your membership is an encouragement to those on the front lines of urban ministry
Membership Fee Schedule:
Individual Member – $30 (couple $50, student $10)
- Sponsoring Member – $100-$250
- Supporting Member – $250-$500
- Sustaining Member – $500-$1,000
Church Plant/Low-Budget Church* – $35-$50
*A low-budget church is considered to be one with a total annual budget of under $35,000.
The membership year runs from January to January.
The featured event of FMUF has been the spring conference, Continental Urban Exchange, which brings together urban workers and supporters from the U.S. and Canada. This celebration of city ministry provides fellowship, opportunities for networking and partnering, workshops and seminars, tours of active city ministries, and evening rallies.
FMUF is committed to encouraging young people to explore urban ministry. To that end, the organization subsidizes summer internships in city ministry for promising urban workers in training. Most recently, support was provided for summer interns in Free Methodist churches in Seattle and Indianapolis. In the past, FMUF has provided support for interns in cities such as Seattle, Buffalo, New York, Los Angeles, Cincinatti and Indianapolis.