Youth 2011: More than a meeting
When not in sessions, 3,700 youth were building walls, collecting toys, donating locks of hair, packaging meals, and raising money.
‘Ministry on wheels’ repairs churches
California-Pacific churches reap the handiwork of a retiree group that travels in RVs from church to church.
Zimbabwe mission treats body and spirit
Holston Conference missionaries find patients waiting for treatment at each stop on annual trip to Zimbabwe.
New vitality reflected at annual conferences
Attendance and membership counts don’t tell the whole story. Emerging ministries and congregations produce pockets of growth.
D.C. vigils call for ‘faithful budget’
Interfaith leaders are hosting daily vigils at the United Methodist building to urge lawmakers to remember the most vulnerable.
More clergy offer to bless same-sex unions
About 900 clergy signed statements saying they will marry gay couples as annual conferences grapple with the issue.
Food ministry rises above Minot flood
Ada and Bob Lower lost their home and church, but they still feed the hungry. People need them ‘now more than ever.’
Vital Congregations site empowers churches
The site offers tools for churches to assess their health and set goals for becoming more vital. Churches can share stories of success.
UMCOR Spring Storms
Leaders say the relief agency has already responded to as many storms as in all of 2010, and almost as many as in 2009.
Collecting data versus making disciples
Focusing on how many new members or people in worship doesn’t indicate level of involvement, says Dan Dick.
Budget battle: Don’t forget the poor
Faith leaders call on Congress, Obama administration to continue commitments to poverty programs.
Arkansans bring pain relief to Uganda
A 19-member team from Fayetteville brought needed medical aid and help with evangelism in the east African country.
Child of apartheid to lead World Methodists
Bishop Ivan Abrahams says “black and white blood” makes him a reconciler. He encourages the church to speak for those who cannot.
The Battling Bishops … and other UM mascots
In the colorful world of team mascots, United Methodist-related schools are at the top of the class.
Church mourns family killed in plane crash
The pilot, Fred Teutenberg, and his family were active members of Niceville UMC. Fred played in the praise band and handled the church’s IT.
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