Skip Navigation
Press releases related to the Connectional Table. Image of a stack of newspapers courtesy of the Connectional Table. Created in Canva.

Image courtesy of the Connectional Table. Created in Canva

Connectional Table: Press Releases


A Note from Personnel Chair Ken Nelson

We congratulate longtime Connectional Table staff member Cynthia Dopke on her new position with Wespath. Read More

Connectional Table board meeting to focus on the vision for a worldwide church

The 64-person Connectional Table will hold its next board meeting April 4-7, 2018, focusing on its central purpose — the discernment and articulation of the vision of the church. Read More

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai takes part in a panel discussion during the pre-General Conference briefing in Portland, Ore. Tsai is superintendent of the Lansing (Mich.) District.

Connectional Table Announces New Chief Connectional Ministries Officer

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai has been appointed Chief Connectional Ministries Officer of The Connectional Table, effective January 22, 2018. Read More

Valdez Barker to leave role as Chief Connectional Ministries Officer of the Connectional Table

The Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker will be leaving the Connectional Table to accept the position of Executive Director for the Global Missions Connections at the General Board of Global... Read More

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