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Black Methodists for Church Renewal

The mission of BMCR is to raise up prophetic and spiritual leaders who will be advocates for the unique needs of black people in The United Methodist Church.  BMCR is the organized black caucus of The United Methodist Church, one of the denomination's five U.S.-based racial-ethnic caucuses. The caucus represents more than 2,400 black United Methodist congregations and approximately 500,000 African-American members across the United States.

Since its 1967 inception in Detroit, BMCR has consistently been the voice of black United Methodists and an advocate for the growth and development of black churches. When The United Methodist Church was formed in 1968, the caucus effectively lobbied for the creation of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race and the desegregation of The United Methodist Publishing House.

We strive to assist the local church by:

  • Empowering Black Methodists for effective witness and service in local churches, conferences, schools, and the larger community.
  • Initiating, developing, and implementing strategies and instruments for the development, maintenance, and growth of strong Black local congregations.
  • Advocating for the interests and inclusivity of Blacks in the District, Conference and General church leadership structures.

A Planning team will be formed in order to retool Black congregations to become more outwardly focused as we make disciples for the transformation of the world.  We will retool congregations using resources that focuses on revitalization that will change the landscape of how we view the church.

 Four suggested resources are:

  • "Resurgence: Navigating the Changing Ministry Landscape"  written by Reverend. Dr. Candace Lewis and Reverend  Dr. Rodney Smothers
  • Retooling the Church – Ron Satrape
  • Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations – Robert Schnase
  • 4D IMPACT – Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church

Contact:  Rev. Geraldine McClellan