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Daily Digest - June 7, 2018


“Placing wheels on a youth ministry can serve as a catalyst for individual growth.”Dustin Buell, student ministry leader at Chillicothe United Methodist Church in Missouri. 

Youth do not have to travel far from home to find opportunities for spiritual growth, learning and fun. Photo by Austin Bond, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.
Photo by Austin Bond



United Methodist Communications
Ministry on wheels: Youth field trips

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — Short, simple trips can be great opportunities for students to learn, connect and deepen their faith. “Long-term spiritual growth is often jumpstarted away from our church building,” one United Methodist youth leader said. Joe Iovino has the story. 
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South Carolina Conference
Jail ministry reaches out in love

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Most Wednesdays, four women gather at Grace United Methodist Church to prepare for ministry to the Al Cannon Detention Center. After praying for a meaningful service, they load into cars and head to the jail. Beth W. Kennedy has the story. 
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New 2018 annual conference reports posted 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist News Service is posting annual conference reports. New this week are Alabama-West Florida, Minnesota and Upper New York.
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Bishop’s book aims to help pastors

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Bishop Bob Farr, who leads the Missouri Conference, has released a new book, “Obvious Wisdom: 52 Tips for Effective Ministry.” Published by Market Square, the book aims to provide succinct, practical advice to help pastors utilize their resources and energy wisely while growing more passionate about their faith and ministry.
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United Methodist Communications 
Where was the first Father’s Day service?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( — Do you know where the first Father’s Day service was held? Check your knowledge about Father’s Day with a quiz from United Methodist Communications. 
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Rio Texas Conference
Bishop explains One Church Model

SAN ANTONIO — Bishop Robert Schnase, who leads the Rio Texas Conference, offers an explanation of the bishops’ recommended One Church Model for navigating the denomination’s divides over homosexuality. Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., the Council of Bishops president, recommended Schnase’s explanation. Schnase was a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. UMNS plans to run a selection of commentaries by bishops about the plan. 
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Bulgarian proposals would affect churches

UMW members learn about organic farming in Tanzania



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