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.
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.
‘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.
2 big disputes ahead at General Conference
Proposals to restructure agencies and end “guaranteed appointments” for clergy stir reactions across theological spectrum.
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.”
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.
United Methodist released from detention
Young adult from Korean-American congregation in San Jose, Calif., was held several weeks in Arizona after traffic stop.
Agency Q＆A: Communications
Series on church agencies: “United Methodist Communications facilitates the church’s participation in conversations around issues of the day.”
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: Church and Society
Series looks at how agencies work: Through education, witness and action, agency strives to uphold United Methodist Social Principles.
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.
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.’
Agency Q＆A: Religion and Race
Series looks at how agencies carry out mission. “If the commission did not exist, the church would be at risk of losing its racial conscience.”
Agency Q＆A: Publishing House
UMPH was the first church agency in the U.S. Since 1789 its mission has been “disseminating religious knowledge and useful … information.”
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