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Council of Bishops Executive Committee Meets in Dallas

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church held its annual January meeting on the 13th-14th in Dallas, Texas. Read More

Worship at Providence United Methodist Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn. takes place in a middle school.Today the church has a regular attendance of about 1,000, but it has delayed building a church to focus on mission.  Photo courtesy of Providence United Methodist Church.

New churches rise, but overall vitality dips

New churches often are the most vital and can play a key role in reversing membership declines, church leaders say. Read More

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Bishops: Pray for us amid sexuality debate

United Methodist bishops statement on human sexuality also commits that they will “be in ministry for and with all people.” Read More

A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Church ratifies four constitutional amendments

Among the biggest changes approved is more flexibility in setting the dates of General Conference. Read More

The United Methodist Church has helped save millions of lives in the fight against malaria, says Dr. Christoph Benn, director of external relations for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Benn spoke Nov. 4 to the United Methodist Council of Bishops in Oklahoma City. Photo by Tim Tanton, United Methodist Communications

Health expert: United Methodists saving millions

Dr. Christoph Benn of Global Fund praised the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria initiative, which has raised more than $64 million in pledges and gifts. Read More

Council of Bishops meets in Oklahoma City

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather in Oklahoma City for the Council of Bishops meeting, November 2-7, 2014. Read More

A conversation with Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.

United Methodist Communications sat down with Bishop Warner Brown as he prepares to give his first presidential address to the Council of Bishops. Read More

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Groups to bishops: You must speak

Groups from across the theological spectrum urge the Council of Bishops to address issues including Ferguson, immigration, Gaza and sexuality. 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.


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

United Methodist Bishop Lloyd Knox dies at 85

A native of Florida, Knox devoted years of service to the church as missionary, episcopal leader. Read More

Episcopacy Study

The study addresses the leadership role of bishops in reforming and renewing our Connection and their responsibility to guard the faith, order, liturgy, doctrine and discipline of the church. Read More

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Bishop Morgan, ‘leader of leaders,’ dies

As an active bishop, he led the mergers of conferences in Mississippi and later Kentucky. He also mentored future bishops. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert (center) blesses the union of  Joe Openshaw (left) and Bobby Prince at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. Photo by Laura Rossbert, Reconciling Ministries Network

Updated March 14: Same-sex union complaints filed against bishop

Wedding of two men in Birmingham, Ala., last year prompted action, which is now before Western Jurisdiction. Read More

Bishop Tuell, church law expert, dies at 90

Retired Bishop Jack M. Tuell, a widely respected expert of United Methodist church law, died Friday, Jan. 10. He was 90. Read More

God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action

In a statement that says, “We cannot help the world until we change our way of being in it,” the bishops of The United Methodist Church announced a significant call to all United Methodists, ecumenical and inter-religious partners and people of goodwill around the world.

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2013: A year of United Methodist milestones

In 2013, The United Methodist Church experienced important transitions in its leadership as well as widely recognized milestones in the life of the denomination and individual United Methodists. Read More

Statement on the death of Nelson Mandela

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, made a statement on the death of Nelson Mandela. Read More

Bishops work toward common goals

“Exploring leadership for an emerging church” will be the theme of the first meeting of the Forum of Residential Bishops, scheduled on May 5-9, 2013 in San Diego. The purpose of the five-day meeting is to create a learning environment where the residential bishops will share with one another best practices,... Read More

United Methodist Bishop Firsts

U.S. Ethnic Minorities

  • The first Asian-American to be elected bishop was Wilbur Choy (Chinese-American) in 1972. He served in the Seattle and San Francisco Episcopal Areas before retirement.
  • The first African-American bishop prior to the union was Francis Burns, elected in 1858 and assigned to...

The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, executive secretary for the Native American and Indigenous Ministries at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, speaks to visiting members of the Council of Bishops at Cherokee United Methodist Church. At left is Bishop Larry Goodpaster. UMNS photos by Annette Spence.

Bishops visit Cherokee as part of repentance

"Immersion experience" for Council of Bishops begins at Trail of Tears. Churches can "choose to be a catalyst of healing and reconciliation." Read More

Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

Following the action of a retired bishop to conduct a same-gender ceremony in violation of church law, the United Methodist Council of Bishops took a series of actions to address the issue during their annual meeting this week in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Read More

President’s Address: Lead Together as Servants of God

Delivering the President's address at the Council of Bishops today in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Bishop Rosemarie Wenner said that discipleship in the 21st century, as in Biblical times, means that we sometimes travel difficult or uncharted roads. Read More

Bishops called to embrace ‘team spirit’

Despite differences, bishops urged to remember they 'depend on one another to be faithful to God's mission.' Read More

Council of Bishops Meet at Lake Junaluska

United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather in North Carolina at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the Council of Bishops meeting, November 10-15, 2013. Read More

Executive Committee Issues Statement on Same Gender Ceremony Planned by Bishop Talbert

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has announced plans to conduct a same gender marriage ceremony on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in Birmingham, Alabama. The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishops has issued a statement. Read More

Bishop on school shooting in Sparks, Nevada

The unthinkable has happened yet again, another school shooting, this time in our own annual conference at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada. At this time, the press is reporting two persons dead, a staff member, and the suspected shooter. Two other students have also been injured. Read More

The Rev. Edgardo Colón-Emeric blesses the elements of Holy Communion in front of a woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci's “The Last Supper” at the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Moratorium, study urged on online communion

A group of 27 United Methodist leaders is urging the denomination’s bishops to call a halt for now on the practice of Holy Communion online and do further study of online ministries. The recommendation — made just days before Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung of the Wisconsin Conference is pictured. ‘Live the Fruit of the Spirit’ was the theme for the annual session held June 7-10, 2013 at the Marriott Madison West in Middleton.

Council of Bishops

The Council of Bishops plays an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world. Read More

Feeling God’s presence on the border

'God's mercy will outlast all national boundaries,' says pastor as bishops join faithful for Holy Communion while standing in two nations. Read More

Bishops’ Learning Forum Extends to Border

Leaders traveled to the U.S.Mexico border to meet some of the people who live and work nearby and learn more about the issues they face. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Begin First Forum Meeting

Active bishops of The United Methodist Church began the first meeting of the Forum of Residential Bishops Read More

Forum of Bishops Meeting Continues

The second day of the learning forum for bishops serving annual conferences around the world focused on the strengths of The United Methodist Church. Read More

United Methodist Bishops to Experience Life at the Border

On Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PDT, United Methodist bishops from all over the world will visit the U.S. Mexico border to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the Southern border of the U.S. and sharpen their focus on how the church can be in... Read More

United Methodists offer prayer and comfort after Boston bombings

As investigators search for answers, United Methodists provide healing messages for Boston. Read More

Bishop urges peace in Korea

As the situation on the Korean Peninsula raises concern throughout the world, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung calls for an end to threats of war. Read More

A Message About Korea from Bishop Jung

As the situation on the Korean Peninsula raises concern throughout the world, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung calls for an end to threats of war. Read More

Easter message from Bishop Wenner

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner reminds us that death is not the final word. Read More

Wenner expresses appreciation for Pope’s ministry

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, expressed appreciation and gratitude for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI in a letter to the Nuncio of the Holy See in Berlin, Archbishop Jean-Claude Périsset. Read More

The Lenten Journey

The Lenten journey is a risky trip. Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, to take up the cross and to follow him. 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

Council of Bishops opens ecumenical office

An important organizational transition in the denomination Jan. 1 by launching an Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships. Read More

Council Votes on Bledsoe Assignment

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has voted to assign Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Episcopal Area effective January 1, 2013. Read More

Council Votes on Bledsoe Assignment

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has voted to assign Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Episcopal Area effective January 1, 2013. Read More

United Methodists of note who died in 2012

Bishops, agency leaders, evangelists and political leaders among those United Methodists who filled their lives with contributions. Read More

Council of Bishops issues letter

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President of the Council of Bishops shared a letter to all United Methodists which follows the Council of Bishops' first meeting of the quadrennium last week. Read More

The priorities of 14 new bishops

Their challenges - from disaster response to malaria to global conflict - distinguish them, but reaching out to a world in need unites them. Read More

Bishop Wenner addresses council

In her first presidential address, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner encouraged the bishops to lead so "we may be one in ministry to all the world." Read More

United Methodist Council of Bishops Plans Retreat November 4-9

United Methodist bishops from Africa, Europe, Asia and the U.S. will gather at a United Methodist retreat center, Epworth-by-the-Sea, on St. Simons Island, Ga., November 4-9 to lay the foundation for the Council of Bishops' work over the next four years. 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

Black caucus ‘stands with’ Bishop Talbert

Statement responds to a letter asking for public censure of a retired bishop for remarks urging clergy to stand firm on same-sex union pledge. Read More

Bishop accused of urging disobedience

Letter asks bishops to 'publicly censure' retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for his advocacy for gay marriage. Talbert stands by his statements. 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

Conferences talk bishops, focus areas

United Methodist U.S. annual (regional) conferences and central conferences tackle a variety of issues during 2012 meetings. 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

Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop

German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC. Read More

GC2012: Set-aside bishop proposal fails

Fulltime president for Council of Bishops falls short of required two-thirds support because measure comes under constitutional rule. Read More

Up to full GC2012 to decide restructure

No plan made it out of committee, supporters of the three major plans still working to accomplish various objectives. Read More

GC2012: Passing the gavel

Presidency of Council of Bishops move to Rosemarie Wenner of Germany, the first female president from central conferences. Read More

Delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., are sitting at round tables for the first time, a step designed to encourage better discussion of issues facing the the denomination's top legislative body. Meeting once every four years, General Conference is the only body that can speak as The United Methodist Church.

April 27 wrap: First step to set-aside bishop

Legislative committee seeks plenary session approval of a set-aside bishop as other committees forward recommendations. 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

GC2012: Bishops limit meetings, shift roles

At session preceding General Conference, bishops change meeting schedule and role of retired members to respond to Call to Action challenge. 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

Episcopal Address to Stream on Web and App

Bishop Peter D. Weaver will deliver the Episcopal Address at the 2012 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will restructuring cut vital ministry?

That's the question church staff want General Conference delegates to consider in weighing various reorganization proposals. 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

$90 million budget advised for bishops

The 2013-16 budget request for the Episcopal Fund represents about a 4 percent decline from the previous four years. Read More

Bishops vow to uphold same-sex union ban

Council of Bishops' letter is first response after statements by United Methodist clergy willing to bless such unions and by clergy opposed. Read More

Wenner, Brown win election to lead bishops

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany will be the first woman from outside the United States to preside over the council. 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

President’s Message: The Church’s One Foundation

Bishop Goodpaster frames the Council's meeting: "The church is a community of faith active in love, alive as the Body of Christ." Read More

Retired Bishop Duecker dies in Fort Wayne

Involvement with Africa University and camping ministry kept bishop's ministry active long after his retirement. 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

Bishops hear call to lead church’s future

But church leaders face a challenge in gauging what sort of guidance United Methodists need, bishop admits. Read More