“Studied obliviousness to results, deploying pastors without regard to their fruitfulness, pastors shrinking churches, pastors keeping house among the older folks left there by the work of a previous generation of pastors, and churches having a grand old time loving one another and praising God without inviting, seeking, and saving those outside the church, do not make for faithfulness.” — Bishop William Willimon.
Effective clergy by the numbers
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UMNS) — How do we Methodists define effective clergy? We do it with one word: growth. Effective clergy know how to grow the church in its membership, witness and mission, says Bishop William Willimon. In a commentary, Willimon says numbers are important in The United Methodist Church. “We’re Wesleyans,” he says. “That means we believe in the growth of the Kingdom of God.”
World Refugee Day set for June 20
NEW YORK (UMNS) — Samila and her husband, Resid, came to the United States in 1997 from post-war Bosnia. Phyllis Fye, now refugee and immigration coordinator for the United Methodist Central New York Annual (regional) Conference, helped the family adjust to their new country. A story about their experience and the unique friendship that developed can be found in the Refugee Ministry Newsletter of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. World Refugee day is June 20.
Worship resource includes 188 hymns
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Production is under way of “Worship & Song,” which will include 188 new, traditional, contemporary, global, and ethnic hymns and songs in a wide variety of styles. The United Methodist Publishing House and the United Methodist Board of Discipleship developed this new resource for worship and congregational singing. “‘Worship & Song’ attempts to take a snapshot of worship and song in the second decade of the 21st century and pass it through a filter consistent with United Methodist and other mainline Protestant theology and practice,” said General Editor Gary Alan Smith of the publishing house. The resource is scheduled to be released next March.