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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

2013: Year of United Methodist growth

Getting a handle on the organizational health of a large, worldwide denomination is not easy. But key developments in 2013 indicate vigorous responses to the challenges facing The United Methodist Church. Read More

Conference budgets show modest growth

More United Methodist conferences are seeing a modest budget increase for 2014 than are cutting their budget or staying flat. Read More

Churches beware: Liability insurance a must

The reality is that congregations must be prepared for lawsuits; having the right insurance is the first step. Read More

Financial initiative benefits local church members

UMCmarket will allow members of The United Methodist Church the opportunity to shop online at some of their favorite places while generating a donation to their local church. Read More

How do you protect your church property?

When choosing insurance against property loss such as fire, churches should not be penny-wise but pound-foolish. Read More

East Africa treasurer responds to audits

Charles Bamutya's public response follows move to set a lower salary for his bishop until accounting issues are resolved. 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

Agency lowers East Africa bishop’s salary

Unprecedented action will remain in place until Bishop Daniel Wandabula and his office are in full compliance following audit. Read More

Wandabula calls funds issue ‘mud-slinging’

Wandabula responds to moves by two United Methodist agencies to withhold funds in East Africa Conference after audits. Read More

Finance agency asks for E. Africa funds cutoff

Agency's board of directors also approves filing of formal complaint with College of Bishops against Bishop Wandabula. Read More

New business manager for General Conference

The Rev. Alan Morrison takes new role as support services director. Sara Hotchkiss to plan denomination's top lawmaking meeting. Read More

2011 numbers show U.S. members still sliding

Emptier U.S. pews and tighter budgets are affecting the denomination, but there are bright spots in the statistics. Read More

GC2012: Judicial Council voids Plan UMC

Compromise restructure plan unanimously deemed unconstitutional; two other referrals deferred until fall. Read More

No ‘Plan UMC’, GC2012 shrinks agencies

After reorganization plan is ruled unconstitutional, delegates work to salvage parts of the structural changes. Read More

May 4 wrap: No restructure in 2012

A day filled with drama over an unexpected ruling on the church's structure plan ended anticlimactically when delegates adjourned without coming to a decision. Read More

Restructuring plan gets tentative OK

Final nod awaits budget report from finance agency and decision of the denomination's top court on constitutionality. Read More

Will restructuring save money?

Yes, but the unanswered questions are how much and whether it will be enough to make a difference for local churches. 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

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

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

Mixed blessings in new U.S. church numbers

Declining membership trend continues; 2010 giving to UMCOR up 146 percent and direct giving to causes jumps 29 percent. Read More

United Methodists reach out at Christmas

In diverse ways, congregations, conference employees and others shared resources, time and talents to brighten holiday for others. 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