The Black Staff Association of the United Methodist Church is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of black staff serving The United Methodist Church in staff positions with UMC boards, agencies, conferences, jurisdictions, and districts. BSA will work collaboratively with all segments of The United Methodist Church in order to strengthen relationships that help to equip staff to more effectively network, empower and engage missional in our communities as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our global world.



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2017-2018 BSA Officers

Rori Blakeney
Discipleship Ministries – Young People Ministries

Vice President
Royya James
United Methodist Communications

Maurita Bowie
General Commission on Religion and Race

Nominating/Program Committee Chair
John W. Coleman Jr.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Communications Chair
Sharon Dean
General Council on Finance and Administration

Harris K. Tay
West Ohio Conference


Apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant!

The purpose of the General Board of Church and Society Ethnic Local Church Grants (ELCG) Program is to provide grants to strengthen the ethnic local church through education, public policy, advocacy, or leadership training and development as they engage in social justice ministries. Priority is given to new and emerging program ministries that directly impact racial/ethnic communities in church and society.

Church and Society Distributes ELCG

As one of the four program agencies of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Church and Society:

Seeks to implement The United Methodist Social Principles and other General Conference policy statements related to social concerns (i.e., The UM Book of Resolutions).

Enables church members to identify and respond to critical social justice issues through ministries of educating, advocating, and connecting at the local, regional, national and international levels.

Expresses to the church and to the world its convictions, interpretations and concerns through its offices at The United Methodist Building, Washington, DC and the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, NY and through its partnerships in The United Methodist Church and in society.

Who is eligible for an ELCG?

To apply for an Ethnic Local Church Grant (ELCG) the applicant must be a:

United Methodist local church, District, Conference, Racial/Ethnic Caucus in The United Methodist Church, or other affiliated ethnic groups/organizations

Ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program impacts at least one United Methodist racial/ethnic local church.

Plan ahead to secure all of the necessary signatures on the endorsement page.

Applicants may seek the assistance of Church and Society staff in order to complete the application.

Submit the completed application postmarked by one of the following deadlines:

January 10th for the March funding cycle

August 10th for the October funding cycle

Send only a completed application to:

General Board of Church and Society

Education and Leadership Formation Area

100 Maryland Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002

Fax: (202) 488-5619 (Send an original by mail, if you fax the application)

For more information please contact the office of Education and Leadership Formation at above address or call (202) 488-5643. Marvlyn Scott at or Rev. Neal Christie at

Last updated by Rori Blakeney Dec 15, 2016.

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