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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

Bishop Daniel Wandabula of the East Africa Conference appears before the Judicial Council on Oct. 25, 2012 in Elk Grove Village, Ill. A UMNS file photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt

Ugandans join push for bishop accountability

For years, Bishop Daniel Wandabula has pursued charges of attempted blackmail against three United Methodists while facing financial questions himself. Read More

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

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 Sunday School Choir prepares to sing at Seattle First Tongan United Methodist Church. In  2014, The United Methodist Church saw its Pacific Islander membership grow by nearly 7 percent. Photo courtesy of Seattle First Tongan United Methodist Church

Amid declines, diversity grows in U.S. church

United Methodist data shows the U.S. church continuing its membership slide but growth among ethnic groups, especially Pacific Islanders. Read More

In 2014, giving to United Methodist ministries was up almost across the board. Photo illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Record number of conferences at 100 percent giving

United Methodist giving is up across the board. Church observers see that as sign of commitment to support the connection. Read More

Churchgoers' offering accumulates to support the work of bishops and general agencies, among other global church efforts. Photo illustration by Joey Butler and Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops to get a 3 percent raise in 2015

The United Methodist Church's finance agency based the pay increase on a bishop compensation study and trends in the secular workforce. Read More

Steven Lambert, general counsel for The United Methodist Church’s General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of the General Council on Finance and Administration.

Tax break for clergy housing allowance stands

But appeals court panel did not address underlying constitutional question, United Methodists point out. Read More

Photo illustration by David Sucsy, iStock Photo

Changes planned for agency retiree benefits

The denomination’s finance agency approved consistent co-pays with hopes of reducing costs. But health care benefits remain a challenge. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishop: Beware of costs of sexuality debate

Bishop Scott Jones urged the finance agency to consider the implications of proposals related to the church’s stance on homosexuality. Read More

Bishop Gaspar João Domingos tells worshippers about the work of the Imagine No Malaria campaign during worship at Central United Methodist Church in Luanda, Angola. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Agency wants bishop to account for use of funds

If West Angola Bishop Domingos doesn’t account for $100,000 by May 30, he could face a funds cutoff. Read More

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Control of UMCmarket site now with church agency

In ongoing lawsuit, a judge has granted a temporary restraining order to prevent interference with umcmarket.org. Read More

Sexuality issues on docket for Judicial Council this week

April 22, 2014

Topics for top court include marriage equality, benefits coverage for same-gender spouses and ruling on lesbian clergy candidate. Read More

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Updated April 7: Church agency sues over UMCmarket

Company is now squatting on website, suit says. In the meantime, General Council on Finance and Administration has launched UMCmarket.net Read More

Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

How to protect your church from theft

Insurance and other measures can help churches reduce their risk from financial shenanigans. Read More

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