UMC Creation Care Recognition Programs
UMC Creation Care Church Recognition Program - For Churches
The Creation Care Church Recognition Program encourages Florida United Methodist congregations to become good stewards of God’s creation, provide leadership and prophetic models for people of the church and the community, and provide for long-term impact in safeguarding the environment for present and future congregational generations.
Each congregation which wishes to participate in the program should establish an environmental stewardship ministry team – a Green Team. This team should consist of people from the congregation who are interested in leading and carrying out environmental stewardship activities in four environmental areas to preserve God’s created order. The four environmental areas include the following:
- Environmental Witness
- Environmental Education
- Environmental Services
- Environmental Actions
Churches who implement at least one activity in each environmental area annually will be recognized at Annual Conference as a Creation Care Church of the Florida Annual Conference. The idea is for churches to establish an environmental stewardship program by performing one environmental stewardship activity in each of the four environmental areas the first year. Then in subsequent years they add new and different environmental stewardship activities while maintaining the ones they did the previous year.
The Creation Care Church Recognition Levels
Bronze – one environmental stewardship activity in each of the four environmental areas annually
Silver – two environmental stewardship activities in each of the four environmental areas annually
Gold – three environmental stewardship activities in each of the four environmental areas annually
Platinum – four environmental stewardship activities in each of the four environmental areas annually
For more information or to APPLY, please see the downloadable resources to the left on this page.
UMC Global Ministries EarthKeepers Certification - For Individuals
The Global Ministries EarthKeepers program trains United Methodists in the United States to start and grow environmental projects in their churches & communities. Our work is rooted in eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing & project planning to implement meaningful environmental justice projects.
Global Ministries seeks U.S.-based United Methodists to lead grassroots environmental projects that are action-oriented, anti-racist, bold and entrepreneurial.
Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training.
To Apply or get more information about the EarthKeepers Program, see the EarthKeepers Program webpage or contact the Rev. Jenny Phillips, senior technical advisor, Environmental Sustainability.