COT  is:

  • taking the church into the community!
  • interdenominational, but led by the United Methodist Church.
  • building bridges across racial, economic, social, and cultural boundaries.
  • a relational ministry – NOT a transactional ministry.
  • going far beyond emergency relief.
  • giving hope in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • effective!
COT participants are almost always people who would never ordinarily cross the threshold of most United Methodist Churches.  They are struggling to make ends meet and often on the margins of society.

Through their participation in Communities of Transformation they are:

  • paying off debt.
  • opening savings accounts.
  • building strong friendships with people who can help them problem-solve.
  • strengthening families.
  • graduating from nursing school.
  • graduating from community college.
  • getting jobs!

The primary goal of Communities of Transformation is to help move families away from instability, isolation, and dependence, and toward self-sufficiency. The United Methodist Church worldwide has committed to Ministry with the Poor as one of four focus areas. Communities of Transformation (COT) is that – an initiative that works with the poor, not to the poor or for the poor. COT transforms lives. Though Communities of Transformation is an initiative of the United Methodist Church, our communities involve denominations and service agencies throughout the community.

To learn more about Communities of Transformation, please go to the “About” page or browse through our “Communities” pages to learn more about the locations we are already serving. 

Fred Blackwell


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