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Delegates read the bishops' statement about sexuality and the church on May 18, 2016, at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Delegates’ early thoughts on Way Forward

Bishops have focused on two possibilities for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals, with a traditionalist plan waiting in the wings. Delegates share views on proposals so far. Read More

For four straight years, a record number of U.S. conferences have contributed to general church funds. Church: Steven Kyle Adair, clouds: Kathleen Barry, UMCom; coins: Kevin Schneider, courtesy of Pixabay; illustration: Laurens Glass, UMNS.

For 4th year, church sees record giving

This year also marks the first time the denomination’s finance agency is also reporting apportionments from outside the U.S. Read More

Wesley United Methodist Church in Pujehan, southern Sierra Leone, was officially unveiled on Dec. 11, 2017. The church is the first United Methodist building to be constructed in the Pujehun District. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Denomination’s membership tops 12.5 million

United Methodist growth worldwide comes even as the U.S. continues to see its membership and worship attendance slide. Read More