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Connectional Table: News and Press Releases

Judi Kenaston, standing, talks with members of the Connectional Table’s advisory group on U.S. matters about ideas for a new U.S. structure. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Church leaders look at possible U.S. structure

United Methodists long have batted around the idea of adding a church body to take up exclusively U.S. issues. The idea has faced stiff resistance. Read More

Connectional Table members Josephine Deere of Oklahoma, left, and Miracle Oscan of Malawi discuss the connections among different parts of The United Methodist Church during an icebreaking exercise. The Connectional Table, meeting in Oslo, Norway, approved a plan that ties agency evaluation to the denomination’s budget. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Plan approved for agency evaluation

The Connectional Table’s plan calls for aligning its agency-evaluation work with the development of the denomination’s budget. Read More

Thomas Kemper, the top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, the denomination’s mission agency, talks about the global refugee crisis during a meeting of the Connectional Table in Oslo, Norway. On May 20, the Connectional Table designated $100,000 of the denomination’s contingency funds to help United Methodists stand with immigrants. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Church response to migration gets boost

Connectional Table allots more funding and sets date for an offering to support United Methodist ministries with today’s migrants. Read More

Connectional Table Holds Second Face-to-Face Meeting

Connectional Table members gathered in Oslo for their second face-to-face meeting of the quadrennium, with a dual focus on the worldwide nature of the church and creating vital congregations through... Read More

Dana Lyles of the Western North Carolina Conference works during a meeting of the United Methodist Connectional Table meeting in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Connectional Table members called ‘for such a time as this’

The first meeting of the 2017-2020 leadership body focused on vital congregations and worldwide nature of the church. Read More

Connectional Table holds organizational meeting

The 2017-2020 Connectional Table gathered in Jacksonville, Florida November 4-6, 2016 for their organizational meeting. Read More

Connectional Table approves recommendation to reduce 2017-2020 General Church budget

“This budget recommendation recognizes the balance we seek to maintain for strong funding of our mission initiatives at all levels of the Church,” Bishop Bruce Ough said. Read More

Amy Valdez-Barker presents a segment of the #CT Talks series. Video image courtesy of  the Connectional Table.

#CTTalks Launches Series on Strategic Directions for 2017-2020

The Connectional Table begins a new series of #CTTalks, highlighting work to develop strategic directions in each of the Four Areas Of Focus, the fruit of Vital Congregations. More

Elizabeth Knotts, 6, collects the offering at New Hope Valley United Methodist Church in Valley Furnace, W.Va., in 2015.  If the proposed budget passes the 2016 General Conference, conferences will be asked to pay less to support the general church. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Slashed church budget heads to GC2016

The United Methodist Connectional Table and finance agency board are proposing the lowest denominational budget since 2000. Read More

#CTTalks Begins Series on Human Sexuality

This month's #CTTalks highlights the work done by The Connectional Table and the Council of Bishops over the last quadrennium related to matters of human sexuality. Read More