Who We Are and What We Do
The Red Bird Missionary Conference is the most comprehensive mission of the United Methodist Church in the United States.
The Red Bird Missionary Conference is in ministry with Appalachian families living in the coal region of southeastern Kentucky.
Its goal is to minister to the whole person by addressing spiritual, physical, educational and economic needs.
Historically, this region has been one of high unemployment and lack of opportunity. The mountains cause isolation
making basic life services difficult to reach. In the rural areas, it can take an hour to drive to basic places like
the grocery store, the bank, or the hospital. Industries are very few in this area. Therefore, many people are left
unemployed or are forced to travel extensively to work. Even with new roads and better transportation the seclusion
the mountains create still lingers, leaving many people isolated from work and basic services.
The Red Bird Missionary Conference helps ease the need and the isolation through its churches and mission institutions.
The churches are working to teach and train local leaders, as well as to provide long term discipleship. Church and
outreach workers work diligently with the children through camp and youth groups. They provide Bible studies for their
adults as well as fellowship activities. The Appalachian Local Pastors School (ALPS) is also provided to train local
pastors to serve in churches.
The Mission Institutions of the Red Bird Missionary Conference offer a wide range of ministries.
provides community care and Outreach ministries: agricultural, craft and clothing ministries, elderly and children's
ministries, and workcamp and retreat ministries.
Red Bird Mission and Clinic provides a medical clinic, dental clinic,
laboratory and xray; elderly, family and children's ministries; housing repair, craft and clothing ministries, Red Bird
School and early childhood development program.
The Bennett Center provides a home for a variety of non profit
ministries in the Laurel County community.
There are thousands of individuals all across the United States that have been partners with the Red Bird Missionary
Conference by volunteering, sending supplies, and through Covenant relationships with the permanent mission workers
serving here. It takes the support of the entire United Methodist Church to meet our needs.