Belong. Grow. Serve. Global Community United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, takes their motto seriously. Columbus is filled with many cultures, faiths, languages and ethnicities, providing the perfect backdrop for Global UMC to embrace the command in Acts 1:8 to be witnesses for Jesus at home, to their neighbors and around the world.
“We don’t want our church to be a gathering,” Daniel Kim, Senior Pastor at Global UMC, said. “We gather and have a place to belong in that context, but we grow, and then we go serve.”
Located 10 minutes from Ohio State University (OSU), they seek to reach college students and young professionals. Their services reflect the cultural diversity within their city, with individuals and families with Asian, Hispanic, African-American and Anglo heritage.
“If we truly believe in the good news, regardless of whether they are Syrians or from Mexico or the inner city or the suburbs, they all need to hear and somebody needs to incarnate the good news for them,” Daniel said.
Referencing Acts 1:8, Daniel and his congregation believe that while it’s important to minister to those in Jerusalem, it’s also equally vital to serve globally.
“We need to be a witness to Jesus in Jerusalem and Judea and to the ends of the earth,” he said. “Sometimes we focus so much on the Jerusalem because the needs are so overwhelming in our backyard that we forget the conjunction commanding us to build global relationships.”