Rural & Smaller Membership Church Commission

The Commission on the Small Membership Church is a ministry area under the direction of the Local Church Development Ministry Team and the Office of Connectional Ministries.

The members of the Commission focus on discovering ways to help the smaller church, in the Oklahoma Conference of The UMC, to realize their full potential through providing support, encouragement and resources.


Generally held in the spring in four locations across the conference, the workshops cover a particular topic with guest speaker and resource book. Click this link for past workshops and topics.


Hymnal on CD

Music is a very important part of worship and smaller churches often have trouble with musical leadership.  The Rural and Smaller Membership Church Commission will purchase the hymnal of supplemental hymnals on CD by paying half the cost of the set.  If you would like to utilize this service, please contact Megan DeCastro (mdecastro@okumc.org; 405-530-2000) and she will notify the Commission.


Evangelism Resources (New Christians)

Magnetic Church Plan materials by Jim Hollifield


Grants are available for ministry from the commission.

There are a limited number of grants awarded each year. Applicants will be considered based on funding availability.


Rev. Derrek Belase
Director of Connectional Ministries
1501 NW 24th St, Oklahoma City, OK, 73106
(405) 530-2020 | dbelase@okumc.org
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World

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