What is the Advance?
The AdvanceAfter your church fulfills its Shares of Ministry budget ("first mile giving"), individuals, church groups, congregations, districts and annual conferences may go "the second mile" by voluntarily supporting special mission projects and ministries of their choice. These ministries are called The Advance for Christ and His Church.
Since 1948, United Methodists have given more than three million Advance gifts totaling over one billion dollars for thousands of ministries in more than 100 countries.
One hundred percent (100%) of your Advance giving goes to the mission project or ministry you choose. None is used for overhead, because administrative and promotional costs of the Advance are covered by other funding sources.
Conference Advance Specials
Neighborhood Center Program (63642) - 717-233-6541
A non-profit organization serving at-risk, low-income and inner city children, youth and families with educational, cultural, human service, basic needs and recreational programs.
First Spanish Church, York (64862) - 717-845-9400
A Mission and ministry to establish a community of disciples of Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited into fellowship...and they seek to educate their sisters and brothers to be ministers to each other, their community and the entire world.
Stevens Emmanuel Methodista Unida, Harrisburg (64865) - 717-232-9480
Ministering to the needs of and providing worship opportunities for the Latino population of Harrisburg.
Conference Work Camps Materials (64864) - Contact: Curt Knouse, Director of Volunteers In Mission and Outreach - 717-994-6294
Building and other materials for conference sponsored workcamps (Volunteers in Mission).
Endless Mountains Mission Center (63640) - 570-297-4489
A ministry involving the community, churches & human service agencies networking to reach out to people in need in northern and central PA.
Dental Care for Seasonal Workers (64866) - Contact: Rev. Dr. Timothy Baer - 717-263-5629
Providing dental care for migratory farm workers and their families, concentrating on their children, under the principle that the care of teeth is important to overall health.
Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery (64872) - Contact: Rev. RIch Ryan, Jr. - 717-230-9898
A halfway house & ministry that empowers persons to overcome the effects of substance abuse through spiritual resources, positive relationships, theraputic counseling and basic assistance.
Prison Ministries within Conference (64871) - Contact: Rev. Myron Jones - 814-832-2816
Encouraging and equipping indivisuals and churches to become involved in ministries to inmates, former inmates and their families so that the redemptive and reconciling love of Christ be known.
The Center for Spiritual Formation (64870) - Contact: Rev. Russell Hart - 717-240-0678
An ecumenical ministry that advocates and demonstrates the disciplines of Christian Spirituality through retreats, continuing education events, consultations and training programs, in an environment where persons may become attentive to the movement of the Spirit of God.
United Christian Ministries, Osceola, PA (64874) - Contact: Virginia Boley - 814-258-7304
Provides shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, clothing, lifeskills programs, a coffeehouse and special projects to reach children, families and senior adults; for low income residents of Tioga County, PA, part of the rural Appalachia poverty belt. They provide God's love in action, encouraging people to realize their potential and possibilities that can enrich their lives.
Mission Central, Mechanicsburg, PA (64868) - 717-766-1533
Provides mission education, mission outreach, and disaster response for central PA and beyond.
New Church Starts (64869) - Contact: Rev. Gary Weaver - 717-244-6375 OR your District Superintendent
Salary and program support for new church starts within Conference.
Works with the Methodist Church of Haiti on various projects especially to promote education opportunities for children.
Sierra Leone Initiative (63643) - Contact Pamela Perna - 570-837-5001
Salary support for pastors in the Sierra Leone Annual Conference
Sierra Leone Well Drilling (64867) - Contact: Lee Weaver - 717-436-2326
Training and well digging to supply safe drinking water for schools and communities in Sierra Leone.
Harrisburg Uptown United Methodist Ministries (64863) - Contact: Rev. Andrew Bradley - 717-233-0335
Support the Amazing Grace Uptown Table and Lighthouse Ministries in uptown Harrisburg.
Join Hands Ministries, Perry County - Contact: Stacy Moore - 717-582-7844
General Advance Specials (recommended by General Board of Global Ministries)
Encounter with Christ/Latin America - Contact: Rev. Bonnie Ort - 717-423-5218
Ludhiana Christian Medical College Board, USA, Inc. (05322-4RA) - 1-866-642-0200
Russia Initiative/Ukraine (11510-8) - Contact: Rev. Michael D. Gingerich - 717-545-7600 or 800-238-6479
For District Advance Specials Contact Your District Mission Secretary