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Hannah Foust talks about her efforts to raise money for water wells in Burkina Faso during a report on the work of the Connectional Table at 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016: What can churchgoers do together?

Throughout the morning, delegates heard good news from the Connectional Table and General Council on Finance and Administration. Read More

The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker (left) addresses the Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Ore. Barker is executive secretary of the United Methodist Connectional Table. At rear is Bishop Christian Alsted. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Commentary: Numbers matter, but so do mission and ministry

The executive secretary of the Connectional Table asks how numbers about the denomination can be used to inspire “hope and possibility.” Read More

Elizabeth Knotts, 6, collects the offering at New Hope Valley United Methodist Church in Valley Furnace, W.Va., in 2015.  If the proposed budget passes the 2016 General Conference, conferences will be asked to pay less to support the general church. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Slashed church budget heads to GC2016

The United Methodist Connectional Table and finance agency board are proposing the lowest denominational budget since 2000. Read More

Conferences would be asked to pay lower apportionments under a budget being proposed by general agency executives. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Top agency executives urge sizable budget cuts

If approved at GC2016, the general church budget would be its lowest in 16 years, and U.S. conferences would be asked to pay less. Read More

A woman and man hold high collection baskets during the offering in the April 24 opening worship service of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.  Giving and the church budget are topics that the 2016 General Conference takes up when it meets in May. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

GC2016: Should the general church budget go up?

The denomination’s budget debate comes at a time when U.S. worship attendance is going down yet giving is going up. Read More

The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker (left) addresses the Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Ore. Barker is executive secretary of the United Methodist Connectional Table. At rear is Bishop Christian Alsted. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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The executive secretary of the Connectional Table asks how numbers about the denomination can be used to inspire “hope and possibility.” Read More

Economist Don House (left) helps lead a discussion about the church budget during the 2012 pre-General Conference news briefing at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida in this file photo. At right is Bishop G. Lindsey Davis. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Economist: Church in crisis but hope remains

At the same meeting, denominational leaders talked about missional goals to help the church address U.S. declines and enhance ministries around the globe Read More

In 2014, giving to United Methodist ministries was up almost across the board. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

United Methodist giving is up across the board. Church observers see that as sign of commitment to support the connection. Read More

Munashe Furusa, Africa University's new vice chancellor,  reports to the board of directors on issues facing the United Methodist school, including the need for more on need for more faculty with doctorates. Bishop Marcus Matthews, right, listens to the report. Photo by Vicki Brown, UMNS

Africa University, new leader face many challenges

The United Methodist university is growing, but its difficulties include overcrowded dorms and a shortage of professors with doctorates. Read More

The Rev. Alindo Romão shows mosquito larvaes to women in this 2014 photo. File photo, Imagine No Malaria

Dollars in the plate save lives in Africa

Here is how your gifts to The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign make it to the people who need it. Read More

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How to protect your church from theft

Insurance and other measures can help churches reduce their risk from financial shenanigans. Read More

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Longtime Africa U. supporter Kennedy dies

First gift to university came from Jonas Kennedy and his wife; buildings and scholarships named for generous benefactor. Read More

A photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS. Accompanies UMNS story #099. 3/20/12.

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

Apportioned Funds

The main way we support the ministries of the church is through our apportioned funds, a method of giving that proportionally allocates the churchwide budget to conferences and local churches. 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

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