General Agencies


General agencies are organized by function. If you or your church organization need assistance in any part of your ministry, a general agency stands by to assist you.


General Commission on Archives and History
Gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept.
Staff Directory

P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ  07940
973-408-3909 (fax)


General Commission on Communication (United Methodist Communications)
Provides leadership for the denomination in the fields of communication, public relations, and promotion of the general funds and programs of the denomination. It is the official news gathering and distribution agency of the denomination. It provides resources and services to local churches and annual conferences in the field of communications.
Staff Directory

P.O. Box 320
Nashville, TN  37202
615-742-5423 (fax)


General Commission on Christian Unity & Interreligious Concerns
Advocates for and works toward Christian unity in every aspect of the life of The United Methodist Church. It works to enable ecumenical and interreligious understanding and experience among all United Methodists. 
Staff Directory

475 Riverside Drive, Room 1300
New York, NY  10115
800-653-8936 (toll free)
212-662-7045 (fax) 


United Methodist Publishing House
The United Methodist Publishing House distributes all the official publications, records and forms of the denomination, publishes books through Abingdon Press, and operates Cokesbury retail and online stores, mail order service. It also publishes and distributes church school materials and resources throughout the denomination.

P.O. Box 801
Nashville, TN 37202-0801


General Commission on Religion and Race
Focused on bringing about full and equal participation of the racial and ethnic constituencies in The United Methodist Church. The commission carries out its work through advocacy of the issues and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination.
Staff Directory

100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20002
202-547-0358 (fax)


General Council on Finance and Administration
Administers the finances and operational needs of the denomination and serves as the general treasurer of the denomination.
Staff Directory

PO Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203-0029
866-367-4232 (toll free)
615-329-3394 (fax)


General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
Prepares and assists people to fulfill their ordained ministries and to provide general oversight for campus ministries and institutions of higher education.
Staff Directory

PO Box 340007
Nashville, TN 37203-0007
Email Contact Form


General Board of Discipleship
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. The General Board of Discipleship oversees The Upper Room.
Staff Directory

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


General Commission on United Methodist Men
Involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and to provide resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.
Staff Directory

P.O. Box 340006
Nashville, TN  37203-0006
615-340-1770 (fax)


General Board of Global Ministries
Responsible to witness to Jesus Christ throughout the world, to recruit and send missionaries, to raise the awareness and support of persons in local churches for global mission, and to assist in the development of Christian churches and leadership.
Staff Directory

475 Riverside Drive
New York, New York 10115


General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
Supervises and administers the pension and benefits programs, plans, and funds of The United Methodist Church. It administers and disburses the retirement and benefit funds of the various annual conferences.
Staff Directory

1901 Chestnut Avenue
Glenview, IL 60025-1604
Email Contact Form


General Board of Church and Society
Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society.
Staff Directory

100 Maryland Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
202-488-5619 (fax)


General Commission on Status and Role of Women
Challenges The United Methodist Church to a commitment to the full participation of women in the complete life and mission of the church. The commission serves as an advocate for and on behalf of women, seeks to eliminate inequities in relation to women in the church, and monitors the general agencies, institutions, and connectional structures to ensure inclusiveness of women.
Staff Directory

77 W. Washington, Suite 1009
Chicago, Illinois 60602
800-523-8390 (toll free)
312-346-3986 (fax)

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