United Methodist Abbreviations


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Acronyms and Initialisms
Is the United Methodist Church rife with acronyms? Yes – and also with initialisms. Here is the difference:   ac·ro·nym   n. A pronounceable word formed from the initial letters of a name, such as WAC  for Women's Army Corps, or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words, such as radar for radio detecting and ranging.   United Methodist examples of acronyms: ·        COSROW     (KOS-row) ·        UMUS          (YOO-muss) ·        UMCOR        (UHM-kor) ·        UMCOM       (UHM-kom)     in·i·tial·ism   n. An abbreviation consisting of the first letter or letters of words in a phrase (for example, IRS for Internal Revenue Service), syllables or components of a word (TNT for trinitrotoluene), or a combination of words and syllables (ESP for extrasensory perception) and pronounced by spelling out the letters one by one rather than as a single word.   United Methodist examples of initialisms:   ·        GBGM      (pronounced G-B-G-M) ·        GBHEM    (pronounced G-B-H-E-M)
Abbreviations in Use in The United Methodist Church
  ABS – American Bible Society AUF – Africa University Fund AYL - Altar Your Life (youth ministries) BCF – Black College Fund   BOOM – Board of Ordained Ministry (NEAC)   CUIC – Churches Uniting in Christ   CE – Christian Education   CEPAD – Evangelical Committee for Relief and Development of Churches in Nicaragua   COM – Council on Ministries

Con - Confirmand (youth ministries)

COSROW – Commission on the Status and Role of Women   CWS – Church World Service   CCYM - Conference Council on Youth Ministries DCA – Daily Christian Advocate   DCOM – District Council on Ministries   DS – District Superintendent ESL - English as a Second Language (missions & outreach) ESOL - English to Speakers of Other Languages (missions & outreach) EUB – Evangelical United Brethren Church   GBCS – Board of Church and Society (Gen.)   GBGM – General Board of Global Ministries   GBHEM – General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (Gen.)   GBOD – General Board of Discipleship (Gen.)   GBOP – General Board of Pensions   GCAH – General Commission on Archives and History   GCCUIC – General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns   GCFA – General Council on Finance and Administration   GCOM – General Council on Ministries   GCORR – General Commission on Religion and Race   HANA – Hispanic, Asian and Native American (ministries or scholarships) LLC - Lay Leadership Committee LPC - Lay Personnel Committee LRPC - Long-Range Planning Committee LSP or LSPC - Lay Staff Personnel Committee   MARCHA – Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa de los Hispano Americanos (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans)   MEF – Ministerial Education Fund   MFSA – Methodist Federation for Social Action   NAIC – Native American International Caucus   NCC – National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.   NCJ – North Central Jurisdiction   NEJ – Northeastern Jurisdiction   NFAAUM – National Federation of Asian American United Methodists   NYMO – National Youth Ministry Organization   OGDS - One Great Day of Service (missions & outreach, volunteer ministries) OGHS – One Great Hour of Sharing   PPR or PPRC – Pastor-Parish Relations Committee   SCJ – South Central Jurisdiction   SEJ – Southeastern Jurisdiction   SPR  or SPRC – Staff-Parish Relations Committee

SS - Sunday School

UMAC – United Methodist Association of Communicators   UMCom – United Methodist Communications   UMCOR – United Methodist Committee on Relief   UMDF – United Methodist Development Fund   UMM – United Methodist Men   UMNS – United Methodist News Service   UMPH – United Methodist Publishing House   UMR – United Methodist Reporter   UMW – United Methodist Women   UMYF – United Methodist Youth Fellowship   US-2 – a person who serves a 2 year term in a United States mission project   VIM – Volunteers in Mission   VBS – Vacation Bible School   WCC – World Council of Churches   WJ – Western Jurisdiction