Outreach Ministry

Co-chairs: Ruth Okogun, Betsy Johnson, and Regina Okogun

Outreach Coordinator(s) 


Our Mission

The Outreach Ministry works to identify and serve the needs of our local and larger community. We collect and donate food to food banks; provide clothing, toiletries and meals to community shelters; and collect and distribute school supplies to children.  We work and give where needed to advocate for justice and compassion for all God's people. Throughout the year, we "reach out" to the immediate community and invite them to share in our services and celebrations. Our intentional mission is to share our faith in God through our service to others.


Outreach Mission Programs

  • Back to School Supply Drive
  • Christmas Caroling
  • College Care Packages
  • Community Christmas Party
  • C-4 Toy Closet Event
  • GHU Community Suppers
  • Montgomery Ave. Women’s Sheltor
  • SHARE Food Network
  • Sharp Street Food Pantry Donations
  • Sick and Shut In Meal Program
  • S.O.M.E. Shoebox Drive
  • Thanksgiving Basket Distribution
  • UMM Potato Project
  • Wheel Chair Ministry at Asbury Village
  • Weekly Visitation of Sick and Shut Ins

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

  • Leaders of discipleship ministries benefit from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: servanthood, faith, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, compassion, knowledge, helping, and administration. These leaders must have a genuine interest in helping others deepen their relationships with God and with people, and then lead from the strengths of their spiritual gifts. They should have an interest in researching, planning, and implementing ministry. They need to listen well and communicate with people of all ages in the congregation and community. They need to be able to build ministry teams and work well with others––individually and in groups.
  • These leaders must have a passionate interest for the ministry area they coordinate as well as the ability to collaborate for holistic discipleship ministry.


Responsibilities of the Chairperson

Throughout the year, all ministry leaders need to maintain healthy and growing personal spiritual lives and lead ministry teams to do the same. The ministry teams should engage in biblical and theological reflection about the mission of the church. These leaders guide the work of ministry groups during the year, including planning the agendas and presiding at meetings. These leaders are accountable directly to the charge conference or through the church leadership team, if one exists.


Common Responsibilities of These Ministry Teams

  • Each team is familiar with the overall goals of the congregation and understands how its ministry contributes to those goals. Short-term teams may form and disband throughout the year to implement specific ministries. Ministry projects shape the congregation and beyond into the community, building networks with existing organizations, other congregations, people, and resources to fulfill the mission of the church.
  • The nurture team coordinates, plans, carries out, and evaluates the congregation’s ministry in the areas of member care, worship, and educational experiences, including the church school, small groups, regular and special worship services, stewardship formation, and member visitation.
  • The outreach team coordinates, plans, carries out, and evaluates the congregation’s outreach ministries, including missions, health and welfare, Christian unity and interreligious concerns, church and society issues, religion and race, and status and role of women.
  • The witness team coordinates, plans, carries out, and evaluates the congregation’s witness ministries, helping all know and respond to the love of God in Christ. This includes planning evangelistic outreach and setting goals for congregational growth, visitation, and membership care.
  • If the local congregation is located in a transitional community as described in Paragraph 212 of The Book of Discipline, the chair – in conjunction with the council chairperson – shall connect with the pastor to develop a community study as detailed in Paragraph 213.

  • Get Plugged In: I Want to Join this Church!

    If you are interested in joining Good Hope Union United Methodist Church, please contact us for more information at: secretaryghu@goodhopeunion.org.

  • Celebrating the Gift of Salvation!

    Beloved, we want to celebrate the gift of God's salvific love (salvation) with you! If you have professed Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior for the first time this year, please let us know. We are excited about God at work in You! If you are uncertain, we are here for you as well. God loves all people and desires for all to live in the abundance of God's life-giving power. As people of faith, we want to stand with you, to encourage you, and to equip you for the journey ahead. Please send us an e-mail at secretaryghu@goodhopunion.org with your name and contact information or call the church office so that we can share the next steps with you. We praise God for your decision and look forward to our time together!

  September 2021  
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