'Five Practices' book leads to church movement
What does it take to be a fruitful congregation? A bishop shares five themes at the Congress on Evangelism.
Bish Schna-Z raps with UM bloggers
Bishop Robert Schnase and other online scribes explore the impact of blogging for the church.
An Appeal on Gaza
Mission leaders call for Gaza cease-fire
Two United Methodist leaders urge President Bush to bring about a cease-fire between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.
United Methodists will offer inaugural hospitality
Churches around Washington will hold special events and provide hospitality to visitors during the historic inauguration week.
Recruiters explore ways to develop young clergy
Annual conferences have a lot of influence in helping young people hear the call to ministry, and 44 recruiters shared ideas for success.
Young clergy numbers rise, bucking leadership trend
The number of United Methodist clergy under age 35 rose in 2008, offering a sign of hope as the church focuses on developing leaders.
Chaplains help inmates find Jesus in prison
United Methodist prison chaplain says gospel message to seek out forgotten and forsaken needs to include nation’s inmates.
Hiwassee College appeals for support after losing accreditation
The Tennessee school must raise $4.4 million by April, says head of trustees.
Crisis situation threatens survival of Zimbabweans
A crisis of medical, political and economic proportions is threatening the resiliency and survival of the people of Zimbabwe.
United Methodists elect bishop for Sierra Leone
The Rev. John K. Yambasu, has been elected bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone.
Bishop Yemba named chancellor for Africa University
United Methodist Bishop David Kekumba Yemba is the new chancellor of Africa University and chairman of its board of directors.
Ike survivors welcome donated Christmas decorations
A United Methodist church in Texas organizes giveaways of Christmas decorations for families who lost everything in the storm.
Secret Santas offer holiday gift help to parents
A group of would-be elves share a covert mission to benefit North Carolina children, just in time for Christmas.
West African youth explore leadership, peace building
Liberian Bishop John Innis encourages young people to follow God’s call, love the church and pray for their leaders.
Young people grants support creative ministries
Young people of The United Methodist Church award more than $200,000 in grants to their peers across the globe.
Book offers 'how-to' guide to interfaith connections
A new book co-edited by a United Methodist pastor offers a practical guide to connecting with people of other faiths.
Church helps Tongan women become nurse's aides
Since 1999, Kilohana United Methodist Church in Honolulu has helped train women to care for the sick and elderly.
Retired tour buses shelter Hawaii’s homeless
United Methodist Utu Langi converts old tourist buses into mobile shelters for the homeless on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.
Commentary: Eliminate ‘pay to play’ politics
Bishop Gregory Palmer calls for reform and prayer in response to Blagojevich scandal.
Campaign offers life-saving help to Ivoirian families
Villagers in Côte d’Ivoire gladly receive free mosquito nets, vaccinations and other services.
Malaria initiatives join for 1st time in Côte d’Ivoire outreach
Staff with Nothing But Nets and UMCOR’s Malaria Control Program collaborate to protect children.
Partnerships provide model for future health efforts
United Methodists join forces with government and nonprofit agencies for unprecedented campaign.
Storms, nets, worldwide assembly dominate 2008 for United Methodists
Despite devastating storms, a disappointing economy and declining membership, United Methodists find reasons for celebration in 2008.
Interpreter debuts digital magazine in January
The United Methodist ministry magazine's upcoming issue will be offered in a digital format, in addition to the printed publication.
Church economic advisers assess recession's impact
The United Methodist Church faces significant challenges in 2009, but finance leaders project a recovery late next year.
UMCOR launches new response to Zimbabwe crisis
The United Methodist relief agency initiates a multi-pronged plan to respond to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.
Faithful son leaves $2 million to small rural church
John Ferguson lived in a trailer and drove an old pickup truck. Now the frugal farmer's money is going to a United Methodist church in Pa.
Christmas Eve special reflects meaning of Jesus' birth
United Methodists are among "Voices of Christmas," a CBS television special from the National Council of Churches.
Commentary: Remembering the Rev. Harry Long
A Muscogee Creek Indian, the United Methodist pastor is remembered as a spiritual giant and a voice for Native Americans.
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