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 email@example.com
The purpose of the leadership academy is to equip emerging lay and clergy leaders throughout the Florida Conference to serve effectively in mission and ministry within the local church, district, conference, and communities. Through in-depth consultations, partnerships, training and certification programs, the goal is to bring about awareness, increase spiritual and social consciousness and offer support needed to better equip the local church to strive and impact its community in positive productive ways. We further will lift emancipatory voices that call us collectively into accountability so that the orthopraxis of Christianity will be shared in equitable ways for all.
Justice, Reconciliation & Me Workshop
In the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu, “We contend that there is another kind of justice, restorative justice, which has the characteristic of traditional African jurisprudence. Here the central concern is the healing of breaches, the redressing of imbalances, the restoration of broken relationships, a seeking to rehabilitate both the victim and the perpetrator, who should be given the opportunity to be reintegrated into the community he has injured by his offense.” You are invited to journey with us through a time of relationship building, storytelling, introspection, and hope. Come and be part of something beautiful!
Presenters: Rev. Dr. David Allen, Rev. Dr. Arlinda Burks, Rev. Dwayne Craig, Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan, Rev. Dr. Latricia Edwards Scriven
- "The 10 Be's To Confronting Racism" - this list is the result of collaborative work done by Ebony Bishops, Clergy and Laity at a 2004 meeting held in Atlanta. It was the first reunion of leadership from the Central Jurisdiction (1939-1968) after the merger to become the United Methodist Church. (Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan, read this list in Movement 2 on Reconciliation)
- "End of the Central Jurisdiction", UMC Archives & History - http://gcah.org/history/central-jurisdiction
- "United Methodist African American timeline", UMC Archives & History - http://s3.amazonaws.com/gcah.org/United_Methodist_African_American_Timeline.pdf
- "The United Methodist Church Timeline", UMC Archives & History - http://gcah.org/history/united-methodist-church-timeline
- "The Church & Prejudice", Frederick Douglass (Rev. Dwayne Craig referenced this from video in Prelude) - https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/1841-frederick-douglass-church-and-prejudice/
- "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," directed by John Korty, based on a novel by Ernest J. Gaines. - https://youtu.be/nDV7PUtP8As (Rev. Dr. Arlinda Burks shared video in Movement 3, on "Me")