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.
Iowa church was shelter in the storm
Congregation’s decision not to lock its doors leaves a safe haven for a family of five as tornados wreak havoc through Central Plains.
Clergy pension changes on the table
Proposals heading to General Conference would shift more of the risk in retirement preparation from annual conferences to individual clergy.
Changing the world changes the church
Congregations are gearing up for the third annual “Change the World” weekend May 19-20. How will your church reach out to the community?
Partnership creates miracle tree forests
Churches in Kansas and Malawi combat poverty and malnutrition. "We get to participate in community together, pray and work together."
Did faith drive Titanic musicians?
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the shipwreck that claimed almost 1,500 lives. Did the Titanic band play till the very end?
GC2012 to include call to repentance
April 27 worship service will focus on historic treatment of indigenous people and need to heal.
Rural churches seek voice at GC2012
United Methodist Rural Fellowship provides values statement as guideline for restructuring proposals at General Conference.
Church’s prom closet offers free dresses
Church helps girls prepare for prom who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Free dresses, shoes, and accessories are provided.
Investment issue before GC2012
General Conference petition backs divesting from three companies related to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.
8 ways to start a sports ministry
Sports ministries are a fun way to engage seekers and expand opportunities for congregations to connect with each other and the community.
We shall be raised!
Christians recite the Apostles' Creed, affirming beliefs in doctrines central to their faith. But what is it we affirm in that final phrase?
GC 2012: Come to the banquet
Guest bloggers share perspective about General Conference. Today, the Rev. Francisco Cañas calls the body to remember “God’s priorities.”
GC 2012: Do not neglect women’s issues
M. Garlinda Burton asks whether women’s issues are adequately addressed in the church’s restructuring debate.
Good Friday Cross Journey
A pastor took a tree from his yard and created a 14 ft., 425-lb. cross neighbors carried for 14 miles. “We became a church without walls.”
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.
Washing of feet prominent in many faiths
Maundy Thursday is the day Christians remember the Last Supper and the act of Christ washing the feet of his disciples.
What is Maundy Thursday?
Learn what event in Jesus’ final days Maundy Thursday commemorates and what the name means.
‘Mrs. Africa U.’ Nancy Mikell Carruth dies
Africa University pioneer Carruth submitted legislation to establish The United Methodist Church’s first university on the African continent.
Escaping Easter’s commercial trap
Missionary shares how differently Easter is celebrated in Africa than in the U.S. and encourages us to remember “the least of these.”
Church displays Stations of the Cross
Interactive exhibit encourages participants to think about their own spiritual journey and how they can reach out to others.
Tough times lead us ‘Broken to Peace’
New study series focuses on Christians who faced painful circumstances that threatened their spiritual health and sanity.
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.
Somebody has been sitting in my pew!
Accidentally invading someone’s “family pew” can be a disaster or an opportunity to start a conversation and make a new friend.
Church mosaic to be revealed Palm Sunday
Artists and volunteers spent years on design and construction. “We encouraged members to express their faith through art.”
Washing the feet of the homeless
Church’s pre-Holy Week tradition emulates the example of Christ. “It’s a wonderful way to engage other people.”
Agency Q＆A: Communications
Series on church agencies: “United Methodist Communications facilitates the church’s participation in conversations around issues of the day.”
Clergy children from segregation era reunited
Daughter of Bishop Oliphint and son of Bishop Handy recall end to racially constituted jurisdiction of church they both serve today.
Agency Q＆A: Status and Role of Women
Series looks at how agencies work: Leaders say they challenged the church to open doors for women.
United Methodist released from detention
Young adult from Korean-American congregation in San Jose, Calif., was held several weeks in Arizona after traffic stop.
Ethnic groups add voices to inclusion calls
Caucuses lend support for full inclusion for LGBT persons: “We know what it is like to experience discrimination.”
Agency Q＆A: Church and Society
Series looks at how agencies work: Through education, witness and action, agency strives to uphold United Methodist Social Principles.
United Methodists join mourning for Trayvon
Congregations across the nation honored the slain teen by wearing hoodies to churches Sunday.
Agency Q＆A: Pension and Health Benefits
Series looks at how agencies work: ‘Caring for those who serve’ by providing investment, benefit services that reflect United Methodist values.
Foundation takes sting out of seminary cost
After witnessing so many students struggle with debt, one retired pastor vowed to help ease their burden.
Agency Q＆A: Global Ministries
Series looks at how agencies work: ‘Global Ministries is a facilitator of mission — passionate for partnership and open to the visions of others.’
Sibling Arkansas delegates share hopes
‘Holy conferencing is holding fast to what you believe is true while listening to other people’s truths.’
Paup, former bishop, executive, dies at 66
The Rev. Edward W. Paup, former bishop and top executive of the denomination’s mission agency, died March 21 after battling a brain tumor.
Agency Q＆A: United Methodist Men
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: ‘I believe if our church is to survive and grow, United Methodist Men will play a large role in that effort.’
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.
Bishop candidates visit black caucus
For the first time, all U.S. endorsed candidates seeking to become bishops met and were blessed by Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Agency Q＆A: Board of Discipleship
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Training and supporting church leaders — ‘I came home energized and on fire with a new attitude.’
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.
Agency Q＆A: 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.’
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.
Longtime Bishop Paul A. Duffey dies at 91
United Methodist episcopal leader served Alabama-West Florida, Louisville and Tennessee Annual (regional) conferences.
Agency Q＆A: Higher Education and Ministry
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission: Agency gives a helping hand to all as it prepares new generation of Christian leaders.
UMCOR walks with tornado victims
As town prays for strength after being hit by devastating tornadoes, UMCOR steps in to help. “Our focus will be on long-term recovery.”
Hope rises above flood damage in Minot
Recovery from last year’s flood is going slow in North Dakota, but volunteers and donations are speeding up the process.
‘We are not forgotten’
The One Great Hour of Sharing offering supports UMCOR, allowing them to do things like send school and hygiene kits to children in Armenia.
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