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Giving keeps pace with denomination’s budget

Many United Methodist conference treasurers have reason to sleep easier now than during the dark days of the 2009 recession. Read More

Conference budgets show modest growth

More United Methodist conferences are seeing a modest budget increase for 2014 than are cutting their budget or staying flat. Read More

Regional conferences take on social issues

United Methodists tackled hot-button topics like homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform. Read More

Saying farewell to United Methodist Reporter

Losing the national newspaper like 'the death of a family member or friend,' says one longtime reader and alum. Read More

United Methodists prep for 2013 conferences

Amid serious deliberations, members also take time to celebrate in United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Read More

Cokesbury closures challenge seminaries

Theological schools have multiple options for supplying students. But some worry the loss of brick-and-mortar stores will do lasting damage. Read More

Final report: Church path ‘unsustainable’

The Interim Operations Team, in its final report, calls for bigger changes than what came out of the 2012 General Conference. Read More

NCC plans for ‘bold future’

Streamlined, flexible replacement for faltering structure will rely more on council members, including United Methodists. Read More

Church agencies look forward, not back

Open to change, top executives seek new ways to collaborate to reach young adults and people new to the church. Read More

United Methodist execs seek creative change

Budget cuts, other changes also bring opportunities for church agencies to sharpen focus and shift priorities. Read More

2011 numbers show U.S. members still sliding

Emptier U.S. pews and tighter budgets are affecting the denomination, but there are bright spots in the statistics. Read More

GC2012: Judicial Council voids Plan UMC

Compromise restructure plan unanimously deemed unconstitutional; two other referrals deferred until fall. Read More

No ‘Plan UMC’, GC2012 shrinks agencies

After reorganization plan is ruled unconstitutional, delegates work to salvage parts of the structural changes. Read More

May 4 wrap: No restructure in 2012

A day filled with drama over an unexpected ruling on the church's structure plan ended anticlimactically when delegates adjourned without coming to a decision. Read More

Restructuring plan gets tentative OK

Final nod awaits budget report from finance agency and decision of the denomination's top court on constitutionality. Read More

Bishops urged to bring peace to GC2012

Council of Bishops president says more anxiety precedes this General Conference than any in recent history. Read More

Will restructuring save money?

Yes, but the unanswered questions are how much and whether it will be enough to make a difference for local churches. Read More

Cultural change seen as key to vital church

Focus is on what steps The United Methodist Church needs to take beyond restructuring to reverse U.S. decline. Read More

Debate grapples with restructuring

At a Texas gathering, a lay leader, a district superintendent and an agency executive discuss whether disciples will be the outcome of effort. Read More

Agency QA: Communications

Series on church agencies: "United Methodist Communications facilitates the church's participation in conversations around issues of the day." Read More

Agency QA: Status and Role of Women

Series looks at how agencies work: Leaders say they challenged the church to open doors for women. Read More

Agency QA: Church and Society

Series looks at how agencies work: Through education, witness and action, agency strives to uphold United Methodist Social Principles. Read More

Agency QA: Pension and Health Benefits

Series looks at how agencies work: 'Caring for those who serve' by providing investment, benefit services that reflect United Methodist values. Read More

Agency QA: Global Ministries

Series looks at how agencies work: 'Global Ministries is a facilitator of mission - passionate for partnership and open to the visions of others.' Read More

Agency QA: United Methodist Men

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: 'I believe if our church is to survive and grow, United Methodist Men will play a large role in that effort.' Read More

Open letter urges restructure support

Signers, including many large-church pastors, say 'Now is the time for action' in consolidating general agencies and nurturing leaders. Read More

Agency QA: Board of Discipleship

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Training and supporting church leaders - 'I came home energized and on fire with a new attitude.' Read More

Group offers ‘Plan B’ for church structure

Proponents say the alternative will offer a better balance of power and more representation than the Interim Operations Team proposal. Read More

Agency QA: Finance and Administration

'We like to say that if we have done our work correctly, no one will know that we have done it at all.' Read More

Agency QA: Higher Education and Ministry

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Agency gives a helping hand to all as it prepares new generation of Christian leaders. Read More

Agency QA: Publishing House

UMPH was the first church agency in the U.S. Since 1789 its mission has been "disseminating religious knowledge and useful &ellipsis; information." Read More

Will restructure give bishops more power?

Some leaders worry proposed changes will give bishops too much authority; others say changes will help them carry out the mission. Read More

Agency QA: Christian Unity

Series look at how agencies carry out mission. Commission keeps United Methodists 'ecumenically engaged and interreligiously involved.' Read More

Should bishops have a full-time president?

Church leaders debate a proposal to have a bishop who leads the council and the Call to Action without the usual residential responsibilities. Read More

Agency QA: Religion and Race

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. "If the commission did not exist, the church would be at risk of losing its racial conscience." Read More

Long history of set-aside bishop proposals

'Issues of leadership and management have been a part of our life from the beginning,' church historian says. Read More

Agency QA: Archives and History

Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. "Through archival records&ellipsis;balanced accountability of our actions is maintained." Read More

Briefing previews General Conference issues

Delegates consider issues from reorganization to roles of bishops to an operating budget that is smaller than in the previous quadrennium. Read More

NCC begins to consider its future

United Methodists join other members in looking at financial support, Christian unity goals. Read More

Will restructuring cut vital ministry?

That's the question church staff want General Conference delegates to consider in weighing various reorganization proposals. Read More

Preview to church restructuring debate

Concerns raised that the proposed changes would give too much power to bishops and damage the denomination's 'separation of powers.' Read More

Group proposes alternative restructure

Methodist Federation for Social Action is the only unofficial caucus to submit its own reorganization to General Conference. Read More

2 big disputes ahead at General Conference

Proposals to restructure agencies and end "guaranteed appointments" for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum. Read More

Black leaders talk about church changes

Annual forum for church leaders dominated by discussion of impact of proposed changes on African-American congregations. Read More

Ethnic caucuses voice restructure concerns

Legislation to consolidate general agencies "minimizes and will exclude" the participation of ethnic minorities, the statement says. Read More