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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 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

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. L. Fitzgerald “Gere” Reist II announces to the 2012 General Conference that the Judicial Council has ruled Plan UMC, agency restructuring legislation, unconstitutional. Screengrab from United Methodist Communications video

GC2016: Where is the zeal for agency reform?

A revised version of Plan UMC is going before General Conference, but it does so without the advocacy of some powerful players. Read More

CTTalks 5, Week 4: An Even Bigger Opportunity to be the Body of Christ

Current and future leaders from some of our United Methodist seminaries reflect on the blessings and challenges of living into our worldwide nature as The United Methodist Church. View

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