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Lindsey White soccer player

Mexico youth soccer team gets assist from Reinhardt University student

A spring-break mission trip turned into a life-changing experience for Lindsey White, a soccer player at the United Methodist-related school. Read More

Can a PPR member serve a second three-year term immediately after serving a first term?

Pastor-Parish Relations: Is the member required to take a certain amount of time off before beginning another term? Read More

Can the pastor-parish relations committee meet in closed session without the pastor?

Pastor-Parish Relations: Is the committee allowed to meet without the pastor? Read More

Are the lay leader and lay member included in the maximum of nine members on the PPR committee?

Pastor-Parish Relations: Does this extend the maximum to eleven members? Read More

Can you define the term “immediate family” as it applies to the pastor-parish relations committee?

Pastor-Parish Relations: How is this phrase defined by the Book of Discipline? Read More

How many members are needed for a quorum for any committee?

Church Council: What is the definition of a quorum? Read More

How are vacancies filled that occur in committees?

Church Council: If a committee member resigns, how is the vacant position filled? Read More

What is the process for changing the name of an existing local church?

Charge Conference: Does the Book of Discipline address this question? Read More

Is the pastor a member of the PPR committee?

Learn how The Book of Discipline answers this question. Read More

Is the pastor a voting member of the board of trustees?

Learn how The Book of Discipline addresses this issue. Read More

What are the pastor’s voting privileges on committees?

The pastor is a member of most committees, but there are several exceptions. Read More

Can the pastor be the chairperson of a committee?

Learn how The Book of Discipline addresses this question. Read More

Does The United Methodist Church discourage pastors from having contact with their former members?

Is it true that The United Methodist Church discourages pastors from having contact with members of congregations that they previously served? Read More

Are the new pastoral appointments posted online?

The answer may depend on your annual conference. Read More

Can anyone attend a committee meeting?

Who is allowed to vote at committee meetings? Read More

Our pastor is being moved to another church.  How is this decision made?

There are several common misconceptions about the appointment process. Learn more here: Read More

Professor touts Native American lessons

Learn about how one professor believes Native American culture can help inform solutions to the world’s pressing problems. Read More

(From left) Theology student Murray Crooks speaks with the Rt. Rev. Stephen Charleston on the campus of Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. Crooks is a Native American student from Alaska.

School’s leadership program nurtures Native Americans

A new program at Saint Paul School of Theology seeks to raise the visibility of Native Americans in the church. Read More

Chuck Knows Church uses a phone to talk about annual conferences and the structure of The Church.

Chuck Knows Church: Annual Conferences

What is a church annual conference and who are the members? What about a General conference? Chuck Knows Church decodes the United Methodist Church structure. 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

FAQs: Leadership

Do you serve on a church committee? Wonder how clergy are appointed to churches? Find out more. View

Where can I find resources on fundraising?

Need help finding fundraising resources? Read More

Should pastors have access to records of personal giving?

Learn the answer to this frequently asked question. Read More

Can paid staff persons vote on the church council?

Church Council: What about voting on other committees? Read More

Who decides on the membership of the church council?

Church Council: How many members should be on the church council? Read More

Can youth be members of the church council?

Church Council: Is youth participation on the church council allowed, recommended, or required? Read More

What does the United Methodist Church say about tithing?

What does it mean to "tithe"? How much is the appropriate amount? Read More

Rev. Russ Breshears: Making An Old Church New

Pastor says churches need to focus on serving, not the carpet color. “The Kingdom of God is too important for silliness.” View

Bishop Woodie W. White pens his annual “birthday letter” to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in advance of the civil rights leader’s Jan. 15th birthday.

Bishop’s letter to Martin Luther King

Woodie White marks the slain civil rights leader’s birthday with an annual look at the state of racial equality in the U.S. “I am saddened.” Read More

In this 1979 photo, Hoover (right) and Mai Gray (center), president of the Women’s Division, greeted Lee Tae-young, affiliated with Ewha University in South Korea.

Remembering Theressa Hoover, woman of firsts

Trailblazing African-American female became a top executive in the denomination and a mentor who was “larger than life…gentle as a dove.” Read More

Latest Resources

Find timely tools for celebrating each season in the life of the church. Read More

Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

The World Methodist Council called him a "symbol of freedom, justice and peace." Learn about the late leader's church ties. 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

Delegate Counts Per Annual Conference Released

The secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist, released today a list of numbers of delegates by annual conferences. 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

Spiritual Gifts: Leadership

The gift of leadership is a visionary, and forward looking gift that enables people to stay focused on where God might be leading us as individuals, congregations, and communities at any given time. Read More

Spiritual Gifts: Administration

The gift of administration allows a person to organize people and resources for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and success. Read More

GC2016 Worship/Music Director Named

The Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett of Eagle Creek, Ore. has been named worship and music director for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. Read More

Bishop Wertz, uniting leader, dies at 97

Leaders credit him with helping forge the merger into today's United Methodist Church. Read More

MARCHA focuses on what Hispanics could give

Discussions center on creating opportunities to navigate the church structures to realize greater roles and greater impact. Read More

Hispanics share dreams for church

MARCHA leaders begin visioning process to develop a plan for moving Hispanic/Latino ministry forward in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Gloria Holt, then lay leader of the North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference, delivers the laity address at the 2004 United Methodist General Conference in Pittsburgh. Holt, who served as former president of the United Methodist Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, died Aug. 28, 2013. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

Gloria Holt, prominent lay leader, dies

She served at every level of the denomination, but her greatest passion was disciple-making at the local church. Read More

Mentoring vital to keeping ministry alive

When done right, mentorship can help young clergy through challenging times. Does The United Methodist Church "do it right?" Read More

Despite declines, signs of vitality in 2012

Leaders of conferences that saw growth last year offer advice to the majority that saw dips in membership and attendance. Read More

Methodists salute Mandela

July 18 is Nelson Mandela's birthday. Deep spiritual roots, lifelong Methodist ties helped make South African icon a symbol for justice. Read More

Future bright for college president, student

After a hectic but fun first year, one University of Indianapolis student looks forward to Year 2 while the president looks toward the next 18. Read More

Students join peace and justice communities

United Methodist-related schools introduce young people to human and civil rights education and awareness. Read More

Essential Publications

See a list of magazines, journals and devotionals covering different aspects of the Christian journey. Read More

Resources

Explore a variety of ideas and inspirational content, along with practical tools and tips, to enhance your spiritual experience at home or in church. Read More

Mandela’s Methodist ties

Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela has had many connections to Methodism.A graduate of a Methodist boarding school where many future African leaders were educated, the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educators and formed a bond with a Methodist chaplain while in prison.As president of South... Read More

Remembering Bob Edgar and his impact

A tribute to a "tireless champion for vulnerable people" who will be sorely missed. Read More

United Methodists mourn Bob Edgar

The top executive of Common Cause, longtime advocate for the poor, and United Methodist pastor died today at 69. Read More

Women making history: Sandra Steiner Ball

"I had some learning challenges in my early years ... the church was where I found sanctuary, peace and encouragement." Read More

Church TV show and Jackie Robinson

The TV program produced by the Methodist Church offers a glimpse of Jackie Robinson in the role of civic leader. Read More

Athanasius Mphuru, is recognized as a

Africa U. celebrates its first 20 years

“A dream dreamed in the 1800s is still coming true in 2013 at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.” Read More

Women making history: Eunice Musa Iliya

"A woman is dependent on how society defines her," says Nigerian pastor. "So as I was growing up, I didn't know who I was as a woman." Read More

Women making history: Lessie Vonner

"It's important for young women to know how much the women before them have done for the world," says jazz trumpeter and church musician. Read More

Women making history: Jocelyn Briddell

"It is critical," says Scarritt-Bennett Center director, "that our history is highlighted...so we can envision a bright future... ." Read More

Women making history: Roslyn Lee

"Women's History Month is not only about history," says local pastor. "It is also about me and my identity and how I claim my identity." Read More

Women making history: Debra Wallace-Padgett

"Women's History Month," says Bishop Wallace-Padgett, "helps all of us to enlarge our vision of who, by the grace of God, we can be." Read More

United Methodists welcome new pope

Church leaders note choice of name of St. Francis and Jesuit order of new pope as signal of continued effort to serve poor. Read More

Members of the congregation pray during worship at Jourdain United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.

United Methodist Women Making History

March is Women's History Month. United Methodist News Service invited a number of women, lay and clergy, to talk about leadership. Read More

Women making history: Jalisa Ross

"Women's History Month reminds us of the women who are not yet here. Will we leave them a mess or ... a future worth fighting for?" Read More

Women making history: Meeli Tankler

"My childhood and youth memories," recalls seminary president, "are predominantly about hiding our faith and using different 'covers' to gather ... with other Christians." Read More

Women’s History Month: We need each other

"Our goal ... will not happen until and unless women can strive together," says United Methodist women's leader. Read More

Busy first semester for freshman, president

New vision for school, the lead in a musical and a pie in the face highlight 2012 for University of Indianapolis freshman and new president. Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Harvey participates in a prayer service in Cote d'Ivoire in 2009.

Women making history: Cynthia Fierro Harvey

March is Women's History Month. As part of a series about women leaders, Louisiana Area bishop says we "learn about the women that have gone before us, who have blazed trails." Read More

Why United Methodist-related schools matter

Profound United Methodist-related schools mine their heritage and make it live, argues Adrian College chaplain, Chris Momany. Read More

Wesleyan values shape future leaders

United Methodist-related Shenandoah University's leader says, 'We are here to form and transform young people.' Read More

Remembering Harlem church, community leader

Feb. 23 memorial service for retired N.Y. pastor who helped abolish "Central Jurisdiction," mentored future bishops, church leaders. Read More

Men’s leader affirms Scout decision delay

After more review, Boy Scouts of America says it will consider in May the issue of whether to end its ban on gay members and leaders. Read More

Denomination urged to trust, share leadership

Nearly 1,000 United Methodists attend leadership-training event focused on finding common language and instilling trust for next four years. 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

Bishop Stokes, scholar and reconciler, dies

Stokes, 100, was a longtime professor at Candler and helped bring together previously segregated church in Mississippi. Read More

Reinstated bishop’s next move unknown

The situation is unprecedented. One possibility is that Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe would go to the New Mexico/ Northwest Texas Area. 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

The 2012 State of the Church Report focuses on Vital Congregations

Responding to the call for more vital congregations in The United Methodist Church Read More

Hispanic church offers model of growth

A Chicago-area congregation with lay missioner at helm has expanded from 12 to more than 120 in two 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

3 young women = UMCOR’s ‘triumvirate’

When there's a disaster, disease or famine, these three women know they'll be on the ground to help. 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

Bledsoe appeals removal as bishop

Bishop challenges the constitutionality of provision used to place him on involuntary retirement. Read More

Five conferences merge to become two

South Central Jurisdiction approves the cost-saving merger of two Texas-based conferences and joining of two Kansas and Nebraska conferences. 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

Bishop Leontine Kelly dies at 92

First African-American woman bishop is remembered as a trailblazer, spiritual mother and 'a gift to The United Methodist Church.' Read More

Retired pastor supports young, new clergy

Western Pennsylvania mentoring program aims to fight the stress and burnout first-time clergy often face. Read More