The Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Inc(BMCR) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. BMCR is the organized Black caucus of the United Methodist Church. We are one of the United Methodist denomination's five U.S.-based ethnic caucuses.

BMCR represents and is dedicated to more than 2,400 Black United Methodist congregations and approximately 500,000 African American members across the United States.

With our partners and agencies would could not do what God is calling BMCR to do. Thank you partners and agencies.

The idea for the African American Methodist Heritage Center (AAMHC) originated with Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) in 2001. Bishop Forrest C. Stith was asked to take the leadership in providing a way for assuring that the contributions of African Americans to Methodism were recovered and remembered. At Bishops Stith’s invitation, Anne F. Williams, President of BMCR, Betty Henderson, Executive Director of BMCR, and Barbara Ricks Thompson gathered to consider developing a way to respond to the challenge. With Barbara Ricks Thompson as co-chair, Bishop Stith assembled a Task Force to think through the possibilities and to develop a plan of action.

In that era, Gulfside was the only place African-Americans and their friends could meet for spiritual, educational, and recreational activities. Gulfside served the entire Black Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church until the merger of Black Churches into their regional geographical areas during the late 1960s.

Gulfside enjoyed a glorious heritage and also suffered its share of difficulties. It is recognized by The United Methodist Church and the State of Mississippi as a Historical Site.

Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church has the ability to make a better church—when we work together, we have the power to create one. Connect with us to learn about the great things we are doing today and how you can help. Events happen on an annual basis and are planned to strengthen you on your path as a clergy woman in the United Methodist Church.

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century is a program designed to assist United Methodist churches with predominantly black congregations become effective in mission and ministry. It does this by linking successful congregational resource centers with congregations that are in search of new ideas and revitalization.

MARCHA's vision is to be a tool of advocacy and support for Hispanic / Latino Americans to ensure that Hispanic / Latino cultural contributions and values ​​are appreciated in the Church and society. MARCHA advocates in favor of Hispano / Latinos inside and outside the Church, provides training for its members and churches, and walks in solidarity with the peoples of Latin America and other groups.

La visión de MARCHA es ser un instrumento de abogacía y apoyo en favor de los Hispano/Latino Americanos para asegurar que las contribuciones y valores culturales de los Hispano/Latinos son apreciadas en la Iglesia y sociedad. MARCHA aboga en favor de los Hispano/Latinos dentro y fuera de la Iglesia, provee adiestramiento para sus miembros e Iglesias, y camina en solidaridad con los pueblos de América Latina y otros grupos.

Africa University is the first and only fully-accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. This amazing institution was founded in response to the call by African Bishops for a university for the whole of Africa to foster intellectual, moral, ethical and spiritual growth in its students.

General Commission on Religion and Race

Discipleship Ministries 

Discipleship Ministries (GBOD) provides leadership and resources in the areas of spiritual growth and development, devotional literature, curriculum resources, Christian education, evangelism, worship, stewardship, and ministry of the laity. Discipleship Ministries oversees The Upper Room.

Contact Information

P.O. Box 340003
Nashville, TN 37203-0003
877-899-2780 (toll free)
Communications Coordinator