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Plan UMC agency restructuring got a chilly reception at the 2016 General Conference. Church leaders still are looking for how agencies can better serve the global connection. Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

After GC2016, future murky for agency reform

Plan UMC got a cool reception at this General Conference, but proponents still hope some form of agency restructuring will come back in four years. Read More

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

CTTalks 7, Week 2: Stewarding Our Resources — Evaluation & Accountability

Rev. Mark Brown and Rev. Dr. Tamara Brown talk about the Connectional Table's work to align the resources of the denomination towards greater impact and stronger relationships. View

CTTalks 7, Week 3: A General Church Budget Reflective of Missional Priorities

GCFA Board Member Charlie Moore and Connectional Table Member Pete Aguila discuss the principles, process, and partnerships that led to the proposed 2017-2020 Quadrennial Budget. View

CTTalks 6: Bonus video

This 20-minute video follows four seminary students from Duke Divinity School responding to questions about social media, Scripture, sin, humanity, and sexuality. View

Connectional Table approves recommendation to reduce 2017-2020 General Church budget

“This budget recommendation recognizes the balance we seek to maintain for strong funding of our mission initiatives at all levels of the Church,” Bishop Bruce Ough said. Read More

CTTalks 7, Week 1: Setting Forth a Vision — Strategic Directions for 2017-2020

Bishop Mike Lowry and Rev. Mike Slaughter explain the work of Vital Congregations and the Four Areas of Focus, areas that will continue to guide the vision of the denomination. View

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

#CTTalks 7: Stronger Together — Strategic Directions for 2017-2020

This month's videos will focus on four key issues as The United Methodist Church looks ahead to ministry together in the coming years: mission, resources, stewardship and vision. View

CTTalks 6, Week 4: Understanding The Third Way Legislation

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chair of the Connectional Table's Legislative Writing Team, explains some of the specifics of the Third Way legislation being presented at General Conference 2016. View

CTTalks 6, Week 3: How Do We Handle Disagreement?

Bishop Wenner and Rev. Bigham-Tsai reflect on the importance of people feeling heard and respected as we engage in dialogue with one another. View

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

CTTalks 6, Week 2: Working Behind the Scenes

Bishop Wenner and Rev. Bigham-Tsai share how they view their role as facilitators within the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table in conversations regarding human sexuality during this quadrennium. View

CTTalks 6, Week 1: Human Sexuality — Listening, Learning, and Leading

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner discuss the process of conferencing through dialogue, prayer, and worship around the church's perceived impasse on homosexuality. View

#CTTalks 6: Human Sexuality

This month's videos highlight the work done by The Connectional Table and the Council of Bishops over the last quadrennium related to matters of human sexuality. View

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