General Board of Global Ministries
The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations. Their vision is to equip and transform people and places for God’s mission around the world by acting on four Mission Goals:
- Make disciples of Jesus Christ;
- Strengthen, develop, and renew Christian congregations and communities;
- Alleviate human suffering;
- Seek justice, freedom, and peace.
National Justice For Our Neighbors’ primary partner is the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR has been working to support refugees since the 1940s, and it established Justice for Our Neighbors in 1999 to help address the legal challenges facing immigrants in the United States. National Justice For Our Neighbors became a separate 501(c)(3) organization in 2012, but UMCOR remains National Justice For Our Neighbors’ key funding partner and is a strategic partner helping the national office with operations, planning and evolution. The UMCOR Board of Directors elects the members of the National Justice For Our Neighbors Board of Directors.
UMCOR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States, and provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR is a ministry of The United Methodist Church, and aims to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women have been a vital partner in Justice For Our Neighbors’ work through the years. United Methodist Women serves as a leader on immigrant advocacy and education materials, such as its impressive Tools for Leaders: Hope and Hospitality handbook. United Methodist Women also serve as volunteers and advocates at Justice For Our Neighbors sites across the country, assisting in various capacities such as hospitality at church clinics.
General Board of Church and Society
Justice For Our Neighbors works alongside the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, particularly on advocacy for immigration issues. The National Justice For Our Neighbors Board of Directors has an ex-officio position for a GBCS representative, who is currently Bill Mefford, director of Civil and Human Rights. The General Board of Church and Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. The General Board has headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.
National Justice For Our Neighbors is pleased to serve on the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a partnership of 35 faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and humane immigration reform that reflects our mandate to welcome the stranger and treat all human beings with dignity and respect. NJFON works with coalition members to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, to educate faith communities, and to serve immigrant populations around the country.
Additionally, National Justice For Our Neighbors partners with a wide range of organizations to effectively carry out our work. Each Justice For Our Neighbors site is a member of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC) so that we can stay informed of best practices and work more closely with other providers in the field. Also, National Justice For Our Neighbors’ Executive Director is a member of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force, which advocates for immigration reform and promotes issues related to immigration.