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Statue of John Wesley located on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. Jedi illustration by Christopher Fenoglio.

John Wesley could have been a Jedi

The founder of Methodism and the noble knights of ‘Star Wars’ share many traits, meant to avoid the Dark Side. Read More


Leaders promote ‘peace for all’ in Jerusalem

United Methodist executives issue statement on the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Read More

Her hands spattered with paint, volunteer Kathy Ahmad (right) plays a game with Franckenson Renevil during a break from renovating the Methodist Children's Home orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Serving God and others: Honoring our United Methodist vow

Ministering to the needs of others is a hallmark of United Methodism. Service work provides the opportunity for fellowship and faithfulness. Read More

Each confirmation candidate, like this one in Ocean City, Md., has his or her own special gift. As part of our United Methodist vow, we pledge to share our gifts with others.

Share your gifts: Honoring our United Methodist vow

While most people may associate gifts with money, sharing your spiritual gifts is also an important aspect of participating in the local church. Read More

Some 1,500 United Methodists and other Christians in the Wesleyan family attended the New Room Conference on Sept. 20-22 in Franklin, Tenn. The gathering aims to teach practices that can lead to Christian revival. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

New Room: Banding together for great awakening

The New Room Conference is trying to recover the Wesleyan method of band meetings. It’s just one way the event seeks to promote revival. Read More

Abbagail Henderson donated her allowance to purchase school supplies for a first-year teacher.

Giving comes naturally to Alabama third grader

Eight-year-old Abbagail Henderson was born with a heart intent on giving, as evidenced by the ways the Alabama third grader sees a needs, then finds a way to contribute. Abbagail was featured on The United Methodist Church Facebook page as part of summer 2017's #AmazingUMCKids campaign. Read More

The Special Pen Pals Program of First United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, CO fosters new friendships across generations. Photo by Ken Redding Photography.

How to be a better grandparent by being a better disciple

United Methodist Men's leader offers a reminder: “They’ve got an intentional role, in the lives of their grandchildren, helping them transform into the men and women that God plans.” Read More

Image shows hands folded on pages of a Bible. Creative Commons, courtesy of Unsplash.

True discipleship is intentional: Ideas to grow your faith

Experiment. Do things that bring you joy. Commit to growing closer to God. Faithful United Methodists share their tips for being better disciples. Read More

Four United Methodist girls used their birthdays as a way to give to others.  Photo illustration by Laura Buchanan, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist birthday girls celebrate through giving

Four #amazingUMCkids traded traditional birthday bashes for donation drives. And many will benefit from their generosity! Read More

As people of faith, we remember to glorify God in all of our work. Photo by Kathryn Price, illustration by United Methodist Communications.

Can your work bring you closer to God?

How can we mix our career and our Christianity? Get inspiration from Scripture along with lessons from Methodism's founder. Read More

Privilegium Gospel from Finnsnes Metodistkirke in Finnsnes, Norway, inspires their audience with a rendition of Todd Dulaney’s “Greater” during a recent concert tour. Photo by Arne Ivar Hanssen, used with permission.

Traveling United Methodist youth choirs sing the Good News

Tours of church music groups offer more than new scenery. They create both teaching moments for the chaperones and lifelong memories for the choir members. Read More

The green flag marking the start of the NASCAR FedEx 400 waves as cars pick up speed prior to crossing the checkered line at Dover International Speedway. Photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Morris, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

Racing through life? Indy pastor’s tips to make the laps count

Serving near NASCAR and IndyCar racetracks, Rob Fuquay sees meaning in the racing flags and how they relate to our spiritual journeys. Read More

Joseph Robbins and Alexandria Daponte, rising seniors at Duke Divinity School, discuss reasons they feel called to attend the United Methodist school of theology.

Duke Divinity School striving for diversity

Dean says diversity and equity are top priorities for faculty and student body. Read More

Amy Scoggin, a rising third-year Master of Divinity student. She is on track to be a provisional elder in the United Methodist Florida Annual Conference.  Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Profiles of student diversity at Duke

Forty-seven denominations are represented at United Methodist Duke Divinity School. Total enrollment in all degree programs is 631. Read More

Many United Methodist Men units in the United States struggle to reach younger men. The group’s National Gathering at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis featured advice for how these groups can become fishers of millennials. Photo illustration by Lucas Allmann, Pexels

Becoming fishers of young men

United Methodist Men during their national gathering heard ideas on where to cast their nets to draw in millennial disciples. Read More

United Methodist Men join in worship during the group's 12th National Gathering, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. More than 620 men from across the United States registered for the event. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Making discipleship a ‘contact sport’

United Methodist Men at their 12th national gathering heard frequents calls to get off the bench as Christ followers. They also put that call into action. Read More

Musicians perform at Revival on the River 2017 in Greenwood, Mississippi. The worship event, which featured praise bands and family gospel groups from area churches, was started by teenager Ethan Oltremari to help with racial reconciliation and break down denominational barriers. Photo courtesy of Revival on the River, Greenwood.

Teen leads revival for racial reconciliation

Ethan Oltremari, a Mississippi United Methodist, started Revival on the River not only to bring people to Christ but also to help them worship as Christ calls — as one. Read More

Methodists Ann and Anna Jarvis are credited with creating Mother's Day in the U.S. Courtesy: Historic St. George's UMC.

Mothers of U.S. Mother’s Day were West Virginia Methodists

Ann Jarvis had the idea and her daughter Anna led a campaign in the early 1900s to have Mother's Day recognized as a national holiday. Read More

Ryan Brechbill, Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at Otterbein University, advises student Haley Young, a public relations major. Photo by Marilyn Williams.

5 tips for students in a competitive job market

It's the time of year for graduations and job searches. United Methodist-related colleges offer career-prep tips for a Read More

UM Men’s groups take lead from John Wesley

Weekly small-group meetings are energizing men’s ministry by strengthening communities and deepening faith. Read More

The Rev. Jimmy Carr was instrumental in creating the Order of Deacons. He also helped Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center better connect with its community. Photo courtesy of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

Jimmy Carr, ‘champion of deacons,’ dies at 72

From the local church to Lake Junaluska to Africa University, Carr modeled bringing the church into the world. Read More

Apurva Kunte from Vanderbilt joins students from Tennessee State and other Nashville Universities and high schools in a debate hosted by Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church.

Church Builds Harmony Through Student Debate

United Methodists in Nashville invited young people to talk about the tough issues affecting us all, and seek change. View

Archive photo of students at Sager Brown, a school and orphanage for African- American children.

Center Honors Black Methodists’ History

Heritage Center highlights important role African Americans play in the story of Methodism. View

Caring for the spiritual well-being of her family was very important to Susanna Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Courage and conviction: A woman’s leadership through a difficult time

When Susanna Wesley found the spiritual depth of her church lacking, she led her own devotions. When people objected, she stood firm. Read More

Suffragettes march with flags in Washington, D.C., in an archival image dated 1910 to 1920. Six Methodist women advocated for women’s voting rights as part of their Christian calling. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

6 Methodist women who fought for the vote

Expanding the franchise to all adult citizens took great risk and great faith. Fortunately, these Wesleyans were on the case. Read More

Women in the Southeastern Jurisdiction pray for Bishops-elect Sue Haupert-Johnson (in green-and-blue) and Sharma Lewis (in yellow-and-white) a day before their consecration. United Methodists already have elected a record number of women bishops this year. Photo by Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference

New women bishops make history

U.S. delegates have elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders. Four are African American. Read More

Pastors appreciate the time they get to spend with people in their congregations and in the community. A United Methodist Communications photo by Fred Koenig.

Coffee, conversations, and God: Pastors share their appreciation

What's the best part of a pastor's job? Clergy tell us what they love about their work during Pastor Appreciation Month. Read More

Increasingly, United Methodist deacons such as the Rev. Kimberly Lewis-Davis, a Chicago Police Department chaplain, are serving their primary appointments outside the local church. Photo courtesy of Lewis-Davis; edited from original.

Deacons: Bridging the church and the world

Nearly half of all United Methodist deacons now have their primary appointment outside the church, where they serve as teachers, lawyers and more. Read More

Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in North Georgia Conference, during her consecration on July 15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference

Five new bishops blaze trails for The United Methodist Church

"Those whom God calls, God equips." Series from United Methodist News Service profiles bishops first in each U. S. jurisdiction. More

Children who are part of a Covenant Discipleship group find support that can last a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Melanie Gordon, Discipleship Ministries.

The method of United Methodism today: Covenant Discipleship

Series continues a look at how the small group model continues to shape United Methodism today. Part 3 of 3. Read More

As a fellow at Lincoln College, John Wesley would have had an office similar to this one dedicated to him. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club

Beginning of a series about how disciple-making groups that form church leaders have been part of our Methodist heritage from the very start. Part 1 of 3. Read More

The Rev. James Lawson talks about Black Lives Matter and the civil rights movement during a break from teaching at the Children Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute in Clinton, Tenn. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Lawson: Black Lives Matter shows need for change

The Rev. James Lawson says the movement is an extension of the social awakening that started with the civil rights movement. Read More

Wesley pilgrims learn a great deal about John Wesley, but the pilgrimage is ultimately about their relationship with Jesus Christ. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Wesley pilgrims visit the past to shape the future

Touring historic sites in England encourages United Methodists to continue the early Methodist ministry of growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ. Read More

Joy is evident as the Rev. Sharma Lewis, center, of the North Georgia Conference is elected a United Methodist bishop on the first ballot July 13 by the denomination’s Southeastern Jurisdiction. Lewis is the first African-American woman to elected bishop by that jurisdiction. Photo by Ansley Brackin.

Southeastern elects first African-American woman as bishop

The Rev. Sharma Lewis of North Georgia is elected on first ballot of 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Read More

A statue of John Wesley stands outside of Wesley's Chapel in London, one of the many sites visited by the Wesley Pilgrimage in England. Photo by Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

The Wesley Pilgrimage: Walking the path of early Methodists

Visiting the birthplace of the Methodist movement inspires United Methodist clergy and laity in their spiritual journeys and their ministries. Read More

The Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe and her father, the Rev. Alan Nagel were ordained into the Oklahoma Annual Conference, June 1, 2016. Photo by Hugh Scott, Oklahoma Annual Conference.

A church first: United Methodist father, daughter ordained same day

Alan Nagel and his daughter went through seminary and became clergy together. She kids him now, “Those are all the Father’s Day presents for the rest of your life.” Read More

At ordination, United Methodist clergy are prayed over, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and authorized by the church for their life and work. Photo by Emily Green, Indiana Conference.

Spirit empowered, church authorized: United Methodist ordination

What does The United Methodist Church teach about ordination? Learn more about the steps and blessings to become a deacon or elder. Read More

Kevin John “Kejo” Maddela stands with another youth leader at Christmas Institute 2012 in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Kevin John Maddela.

Philippines’ Christmas Institute helps youth find gifts

Young people spend the days after Christmas in a retreat geared just for them. “It is a remake of the heart-warming experience of John Wesley.” Read More

A new study from Duke University shows a

How thick is the stained-glass ceiling?

A new National Congregations Study report from Duke University finds that only 11 percent of U.S. congregations are led by women. Read More

The Rev. Stefan Pfister mentors Cambodian pastors. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Stefan Pfister.

The five most difficult questions for pastors

People may expect pastors to always know what to say, but sometimes that’s not easy. Clergy talk about their most challenging conversations and their best counsel. More

The Rev. Jon Van Dop received an elder stole from a mentor during an ordination service. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jon Van Dop.

Who guides the pastors we turn to for guidance?

We look to our leaders for spiritual advice but who advises them? For Pastor Appreciation Month, clergy talk about mentors who changed their lives. Read More

Pastor Sherry Cothran Woolsey hugs Alison Lipschutz, age 5. Alison will take a red packpack to kindergarten this fall. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

(More than) 10 ways to appreciate your pastor

From photos to prayers to food, learn what gifts — and actions — mean the most to preachers. Read More

Marilyn Spurrell and her daughter, Amy Atkins, are pastors at Faith United Methodist Church in Fargo. David Samson, courtesy of Forum News Service. Edited by

Mother/daughter pastors learn from each other

"Are you sure you want to work with your mom?!" asked Amy Atkins’ friends, but as she says, "I'm very grateful that it worked out that way." Read More

Street pastors on patrol in downtown Bangor, ME. Photo by Beth DiCocco, courtesy of New England Conference.

It’s 9 p.m. Do you know where your pastor is?

If you’re in Bangor, Maine, he or she may be “on patrol,” offering a listening ear, a ride home or a calm voice. Read More

Professors Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook (left) and Najeeba Syeed-Miller teach a class on interreligious conflict resolution at Claremont Lincoln University in Claremont, Calif. A UMNS photo courtesy of Claremont School of Theology. Accompanies UMNS story #237. 8/8/12.; Claremont School of Theology

Claremont creates United Methodist leaders with ‘God-sized vision’

In one of the most religiously-diverse communities in the world, theology students say the school's focus on interreligious education is appealing. Read More

The Rev. Mel Kawakami, center, greets children after church. The pastor, church members say, is able to help ease difficult situations through his self-deprecating humor. Courtesy of Newtown United Methodist Church.

Facebook fans tell traits they appreciate most in pastors

United Methodists reveal what they like most about their leaders. See what tops the list. Read More

A 10th anniversary celebration of the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy was held at Boston University School of Theology. The program has trained 980 youth and young adults in its first decade.

Academy marks 10 years of shaping young Hispanic/Latino leaders

Nearly 10 years ago, a group of United Methodist Hispanic pastors started helping students in pursuit of higher education opportunities. Read More

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey prays with young adults who were attending Exploration 2013, an event for those considering God’s call to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Vicki Brown for the General Board of Higher Education

Church continues to see clergy aging trend

Report finds young elders slightly up in percentage, though big shift is toward local pastors. Read More

Gail Ford Smith

How Texas Conference has developed young clergy

The Rev. Gail Ford Smith, director of the Texas Annual Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, answers questions about strategy for developing young clergy. Read More

Ilda Massuanganhe Guambe, a graduate of United Methodist-related Africa University, spoke before the 2014 U.S. Africa Summit in Washington.

AU grad addresses U.S. Africa Summit

Ilda Massuanganhe Guambe, a 2011 graduate of United Methodist-related Africa University, has a passion to promote education for girls. Read More

Project Transformation is an eight-week summer camp held in churches creating bonds between the interns and the children they serve. Challye Hays laughs with children as they play corn hole in the gym at Antioch United Methodist Church.

Summer camp changes interns as much as children

Project Transformation, a United Methodist program, improves literacy skills for at-risk children, revitalizes churches, and is nurturing future clergy. Read More

Dorothy Smith, dean of the college of general studies at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Freedom School leads to fulfillment of dream

A youthful Freedom School experience introduced a Dillard dean to Black History, a foreign language and photography. Read More

Methodist pastors from Mexico and Colombia attending this summer’s Course of Study School at Perkins School of Theology are (from left) Iris Zamorano, Rosendo Garcia Jaimes, Denis Marquez Anguila, Ricardo Aldana Mogollon, Eunice Cano Ojeda and Danilo Diaz Rivas. Photo by Kevin Gaddis, Southern Methodist University

Seminary welcomes Mexican, Colombian pastors

Month-long training at Perkins School of Theology equips Hispanic Methodist clergy with new knowledge and skills. Read More

Women’s colleges cultivate leadership

Women from United Methodist-related schools describe the long-term value of being ‘surrounded by so many successful female students and leaders.’ Read More

Kevin Kosh graduation

McCord Scholar finds purpose in ministry

Rust College helped shape Kevin Kosh Jr.'s faith and put him on course for a career of empowering others. Read More

Mercy Nyirongo treats a child in a clinic in her home country of Malawi. A 2010 graduate of Africa University with a bachelor's degree in nursing, Nyirongo is project manager for the ZOE orphan-empowerment program of The United Methodist Church in Malawi.Photo Courtesy Mercy Nyironga.

AU grad influences change in Malawi

‘I love my country,’ says Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo. ‘It's my vision to be the minister of health one day in Malawi.’ Read More

First Lady urges Dillard graduates to ‘think big’

May 12, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the 2014 graduating class of Dillard University, one of the denomination’s historically black colleges. Read More

Christy Oxendine, Native American seminary scholar, is a student at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Photo courtesy Emory University.

Native American Seminary Scholar hopes to mentor others

"It's important to me to encourage more Native Americans to enter [ordained] ministry,” says scholarship recipient Christy Oxendine. Read More

(From left) Theology student Murray Crooks speaks with the Rt. Rev. Stephen Charleston on the campus of Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Crooks is a Native American student from Alaska.

School’s leadership program nurtures Native Americans

A new program at Saint Paul School of Theology seeks to raise the visibility of Native Americans in the church. Read More

McCord Scholar prepares to give in return

Program at 11 Historically Black United Methodist Colleges and Universities guides student toward deeper meaning in life. Read More