The United Methodist Church does not have an "official" version or translation of the Bible. Only the General Conference can designate specific ritual texts or other liturgical or teaching resources as official. Protestant denominations never designate a single Bible translation for use. Rather United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations and versions as being helpful for study, teaching, memorization and other purposes, since each sheds a slightly different light in translating or paraphrasing the original languages and manuscripts.
When it comes to United Methodist teaching resources published by The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH), the Common English Bible (CEB) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) are the texts preferred by the General Board of Discipleship for curriculum. Curriculum writers and editors for Cokesbury curriculum usually will cite the Common English Bible. However, writers can consult other versions or quote from them when doing so strengthens the teaching resource.
The Common English Bible translation was published in 2011 and is sponsored by five Protestant publishers, with primary leadership coming from The United Methodist Publishing House.
Cokesbury offers a Bible Translation Guide that list the translation method and translators, date, reading level and the theological perspective of the translation.