UMC Connectional Ministries

NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES ORGANIZATION (website)

While the Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) of Oklahoma City was birthed in the Methodist Church, it is not exclusively a United Methodist agency. Its forerunner was the Bethlehem Center/Wesley Community House, serving the central part of the city, and supported mostly by the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries.


The organization has broadened its base of participation and support and has thereby expanded its ministry to those in need. Some of the programs include: after care for residents of the Transitional Living Programs (TLPs): Martha’s House, Gatewood and the Carolyn Williams Center, NSO Dental Clinic, Palo Duro I and Palo Duro II (apartments for homeless, single adults with mental illness), transitional housing (Martha’s House, homeless families with multiple children; Gatewood, homeless, pregnant young women; Carolyn Williams Center, homeless young men between 18-23 years old), and the NSO Women, Infant and Children clinic

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MERCY MINISTRIES (CJAMM) (website)

Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) in the Oklahoma Conference has set the standard for prison ministries for other conferences of our denomination—and have inspired visions of more that needs to be done. CJAMM consists of ministries of justice advocacy and education—restorative justice, as well as ministries of mercy.

OKLAHOMA INDIAN MISSIONARY CONFERENCE (website)

The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference has offices in Oklahoma City and works under the episcopal leader for the Oklahoma Area . It is made up of 81 churches in the state of Oklahoma, three in Kansas, one in Missouri and one in the city of Dallas, Texas. Because the majority of the churches are located in areas of the state that experience high unemployment, churches have difficulty paying a full-time pastor’s salary. The base salary of OIMC pastors is at $27,600, but churches still find paying a pastor’s salary, full-time or local pastor, difficult.  Therefore some of the elders have to serve two or three churches in order just to get the base salary.


The support from the Oklahoma Annual Conference is their largest single source of support, with the exception of that received from the general church. They have a rich heritage and are the “parent” conference of the Oklahoma Conference. The first Methodist churches in Oklahoma were Indian Mission churches. We are privileged to now call them our “partner annual conference.”

SKYLINE URBAN MINISTRY (website)

The mission of Skyline Urban Ministry is to impact lives, empower persons in need and address the roots of poverty in Oklahoma. Our vision is to nurture disciples of Christ to a new level of compassion and respect for those living on the margins by promoting a change in heart through relationships built by serving shoulder-to-shoulder with one another. Skyline was incorporated in 1974 as a mission outreach of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church (Conference). The focus of Skyline has always been upon the poor and needy of Oklahoma County. Nevertheless, the agency has nurtured strong relationships across our state. We serve as a setting for groups to serve the working poor in Oklahoma County and a model for others as they seek to serve the needy in their own communities. Our focus is on those who live in that shadow and on those who live in poverty and need throughout our state.

COOKSON HILLS (website)

Located in Cookson in northeastern Oklahoma, provides outreach ministries to low-income families in Cherokee, Adair and Sequoyah counties. The General Board of Global Ministries, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and the Oklahoma Annual Conference have jointly sponsored this ministry since 1948.

CAMP AND RETREAT MINISTRIES (website)

Camp and Retreat Ministries provide experiences that shape and expand the Christian commitment of persons of all ages, empowering them to live the truth of the gospel in their daily lives. These ministries create environments that are conducive to listening and responding to God.

The unique characteristics of these environments include:

  • intentional times and places set apart from daily life, under the guidance of servant leaders,
  • experiential models of learning in which the whole person encounters the word of God,
  • and a community of faith that challenges, nurtures, and celebrates new understandings of God's action in their lives.

Out of these experiences, people return with the heightened awareness of God's redeeming grace in Jesus Christ, and are able to be more responsible disciples in God's world. They enter into local church communities inspired, renewed and dedicated to faithful service.

Mosaic supports Camp and Retreat Ministries which take place at 3 sites in Oklahoma: Egan (near Tahlequah), Canyon (near Hinton), and Crosspoint (near Kingston).

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