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Connectional Table: Update on Petition 81098

The 2008 General Conference referred Petition #81098 to The Connectional Table with a mandate to report back to the 2008 General Conference delegates by January 31, 2010. Read More

Connectional Table Members: 2013-2016

Members of the Connectional Table represent a broad cross-section of the church, including lay and clergy members from around the world.' } Read More

2013: Same-sex wedding issues abound

Weddings and trials sound disharmony for The United Methodist Church as it ends a year that included two well-publicized same-sex weddings and a high-profile church trial for a pastor who officiated at his son’s same-sex nuptials. Read More

Connectional Table

The Connectional Table discerns and articulates the vision and the stewardship of the mission, ministries and resources of The United Methodist Church. Read More

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

Church vitality: How do you define it?

Leaders across the denomination ponder that question even as they try to increase the number of highly vital churches. 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

The 2012 State of the Church Report focuses on Vital Congregations

Responding to the call for more vital congregations in The United Methodist Church 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

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

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

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

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

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

Leadership Summit tackles church future

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

Bishops urged to embrace change

In his address to the council, Bishop Larry Goodpaster asked leaders to abandon structures that are not working or face further church decline. Read More