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Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. Photo courtesy the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Middleton named interim leader in New York

Retired Bishop Jane Allen Middleton tapped to be interim bishop for New York Annual (regional) Conference, from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2016. Read More

Darryl Barrows, Connectional Table member, receives communion from the Rev. Enrique Hernandez from the Tennessee Conference. The Connectional Table is meeting November 15-17 in Franklin, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Ginny Underwood.

Administration

The Connectional Table and the general agencies are created by the General Conference to administer or carry out the programs and directives it adopts. Read More

Oakdale United Methodist Church near Deshler, Ohio, stands at the crossroads of four counties. Rural churches remain an important part of the denomination’s presence in the U.S. The United Methodist Rural Fellowship wants to make sure rural congregations have a voice within any new church structure. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Accompanies UMNS story # 129. 4/10/12.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Guide to pastoral transitions

A new leader has ninety days to prove him or herself according to author Michael Watkins. Read tips for successful transitions to a new church. Read More

The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, pastor of St. George's United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo courtesy of St. George’s United Methodist Church.

New head of Archives and History named

The Rev. Alfred T. Day, III, pastor and historian of the oldest United Methodist Church in America, will become the chief historian for the denomination. Read More

Who is the head of The United Methodist Church?

The General Conference is the only body that can speak officially for the church. Read More

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. Read More

FAQs: Who We Are

Get contact information for regional offices, local churches and more. Also find out about clergy and laity leadership roles. View

Regional conferences take on social issues

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

Commission on the Status & Role of Women

Advocates for, and on behalf of, women by seeking to eliminate inequities and by monitoring the general agencies, institutions, and connectional structures to ensure the inclusion of women. Read More

Q&A: Commission on the Status & Role of Women

We challenge the church to overcome the sin of sexism, sexual exploitation, gender discrimination and idolatry. Read More

United Methodist Men

Involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and provides resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men. Read More

Q&A: United Methodist Men

We train and provide resources for local churches, districts and annual conferences to have a sustained, all-inclusive ministry to, for and through men. Read More

Board of Church & Society

Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society. Read More

Q&A: General Board of Discipleship

General Board of Discipleship provides resources and services that assist clergy and laity leaders in annual conferences and local churches as they seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Read More

Q&A: General Board of Church & Society

Challenges United Methodists to work in areas of important social concern and develops resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society. Read More

Commission on Religion and Race

Works for the full and equal participation of racial and ethnic constituencies in the church through advocacy and by reviewing and monitoring the practices of the denomination. Read More

Q&A: Commission on Religion and Race

Our mission is to challenge, lead and equip the people of The United Methodist Church to be, and to become, the intentionally diverse body of Christ. Read More

The United Methodist Publishing House

The United Methodist Publishing House is a publisher and distributor to Christian clergy and laity, with primary responsibilities for the publishing and distribution for The United Methodist Church. Read More

Q&A: The United Methodist Publishing House

We publish and sell resources for congregations and their leaders across a spectrum of categories, pedagogies and theological perspectives. Read More

Board of Pension and Health Benefits

Supervises and administers the pension and benefits programs, plans and funds of The United Methodist Church. It administers and disburses the retirement and benefit funds of the various annual conferences. Read More

Q&A: Board of Pension and Health Benefits

Our mission is “to care for those who serve by providing investment and benefit services according to the principles of The United Methodist Church.” Read More

Q&A: United Methodist Communications

Provides leadership in communication, public relations, and promotion of denominational programs. It is the official news agency of the denomination and provides communication resources to churches and annual conferences. Read More

United Methodist Communications

We show how the work United Methodists do together transforms the world and provide local churches with tools, resources and training to equip them for communications ministry. Read More

Board of Higher Education & Ministry

Prepares Christian leaders for ordained ministry and provides general oversight for campus ministries and institutions of higher education. Read More

Q&A: General Board of Higher Education & Ministry

Our mission is preparing a new generation of Christian leaders for the church and the world. Read More

Agencies

The United Methodist Church has a total of 13 councils, boards, and commissions that carry out the work of the denomination. Read More

Who We Are

Today, United Methodists comprise the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection of approximately 12.5 million members allows us to take action locally, regionally, and globally. Read More

The 2012 edition of the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Effort to make Social Principles more global

2012 General Conference adopts petition to revise to make them "more succinct, theologically founded and globally relevant." 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

Church takes fresh look at Christian unity

New Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships begins with meeting to "strengthen and enhance" efforts toward unity. Read More

Still there, Connectional Table starts anew

Church body regroups with new members to set priorities, but emotions surrounding previous effort to restructure operations evident. Read More

2012: Judicial rulings play big role

The actions of the denomination's top court were felt and debated throughout the connection. Read More

2012: Church outreach up despite fewer funds

Despite budget cuts, program agencies say 'thanks' for the support, recall accomplishments and look ahead to 2013-16. Read More

Top court has full docket this week

Among 18 items to be considered by United Methodist Judicial Council are guaranteed clergy appointments. Read More

Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Angola lay hands on a new pastor during a 2006 ordination service at the West Angola Annual Conference session at the Icolo e Bengo United Methodist Church in Luanda. The United Methodist Church in Angola played a

Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees

Proponents say changes will help bishops make "missional appointments." Critics worry of potential for abuse. 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

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

New business manager for General Conference

The Rev. Alan Morrison takes new role as support services director. Sara Hotchkiss to plan denomination's top lawmaking meeting. 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

Five conferences merge to become two

South Central Jurisdiction approves the cost-saving merger of two Texas-based conferences and joining of two Kansas and Nebraska conferences. Read More

228 years of bishops in Methodist tradition

The precedent was set in 1784 for elections that have evolved and been modified throughout the years since. Read More

U.S. bishops elected, assigned for 2012-16

United Methodists also place a bishop on involuntary retirement and respond to shooting in Colorado. Read More

What goes on a bishop’s report card?

Since 2008, The United Methodist Church's law book has required formal evaluations of the denomination's bishops. Read More

July conferences to elect 11 U.S. bishops

Three U.S. jurisdictions to select among at least 44 candidates; no elections in two jurisdictions. Read More

GC2012: How Book of Discipline comes to be

Editor Marvin Cropsey explains the process to prepare the revisions of Discipline and Resolutions. Read More

12 lessons from 12 General Conferences

Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference. Read More

Young adults + social media = future UMC

More than 150 participate in May 14 tweetup to chat about GC2012 and where the church goes from here. 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

Les délégués approuvent la nouvelle structure de l’Eglise Méthodiste Unie

Après plusieurs tentatives pour créer une nouvelle structure, la session de la Conférence générale du 2 mail a approuvé un modeste réajustement de ses 13 agences générales qui servent les 13 millions de Méthodistes... 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

GC2012: Pan-Methodists celebrate together

United Methodists join 5 African-American denominations in full communion agreement. Read More

GC2012: How to increase accountability?

Legislation aims to increase responsibility for disciple making. United Methodists ask how bishops can be more accountable too. 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

Rural churches seek voice at GC2012

United Methodist Rural Fellowship provides values statement as guideline for restructuring proposals at General Conference. 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

Restructuring proposals neglect women’s issues

'If our denomination is to be a relevant, reliable witness to the gospel, (we) must give priority to ministry &ellipsis; with and by women.' 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

Clergy children from segregation era reunited

Daughter of Bishop Oliphint and son of Bishop Handy recall end to racially constituted jurisdiction of church they both serve today. 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

Finance group stands by $603.1 million budget

General Conference tries to balance local church finances with mission needs as it determines how to allocate funds. 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

Commission on Archives & History

Gathers, preserves, and disseminates materials on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents. It maintains archives and a library in which the historical records are kept. Read More

Q&A: Commission on Archives & History

Attends to all the historical interests of the denomination and collects and processes historical materials related to all aspects of the work of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Restructure draws finance agency warning

GCFA board says agency consolidation could put denomination at greater liability risk, jeopardize tax-exempt status for some. 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

Connectional Table splits on petition

Proposal to redistribute $60 million sparks debate even though the proposal originated with the 60-member body. 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

Ethnic groups offer ideas for vital church

National plans for ethnic/racial ministries are growing churches and planting new ones. They should be part of any new structure, groups say. 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

North Texas General Conference Delegation Endorses Call to Action

North Texas General Conference Delegation Endorses Call to Action 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

Bishops called to reclaim church’s mission

Council of Bishops president urges church to be 'a community of faith active in love, alive as the body of Christ.' 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

Leaders ponder funding, structural changes

Among the proposals is to combine general agencies into fewer groups and to change the denomination's funding formulas. Read More

Bishops seek change in presidency

The constitutional amendment would allow the Council of Bishops to elect one of its members to be a full-time, nonresidential bishop for four years. Read More

Bishops to change ecumenical agency

If General Conference approves, the agency will become part of the Council of Bishops. Read More

Leadership Summit tackles church future

Thousands of United Methodists tuned in to learn how leaders plan to increase vital congregations. Read More

Call to Action Interim Operations Team Named

A 7-member team has been named to serve as a catalyst for implementing significant change in denominational structures, policies, practices, and leadership in ways that are aligned with God's call, the church's mission, and the needs of the world in the 21st century. Read More