What is Cooperative Parish Ministry?
Cooperative Parish Ministry is an expression of the connectional nature of the United Methodist Church in which churches work together in a formal arrangement to share at least one staff member and strengthen the ministry of all participating churches. Cooperative parish ministry demonstrates good stewardship and features gift-based ministry. They are created by matching the gifts and graces of clergy with the needs of the congregations they serve.
Cooperative Parish Ministry is a movement that is Christ-centered, God-honoring and outreach focused. Churches that are selected to take part in a Cooperative Parish are those which desire to embrace the future, want to reach their community with the life-changing message of Jesus, are open to change and are willing to work with other churches to change their community.