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Wrestling with budget after GC2020 postponed
Finance leaders decided they had no choice but to maintain the 2016 General Conference’s budget actions. But they also recognize the financial challenges caused by COVID-19.
Friday, March 27, 2020 4:11:05 PM

Podcasts give churches ‘germ-free’ way to minister
Podcasts have grown in popularity for years, and some United Methodists find them an ideal way to minister when meeting in person isn’t an option.
Friday, March 27, 2020 12:56:00 PM

Weddings, funerals altered by virus restrictions
United Methodist funerals, memorial services, weddings are getting postponed or downsized in emergency period.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:17:04 AM

Helping children during the COVID-19 crisis
Sheltering in place is confusing for children accustomed to daily contact with friends and teachers. Church leaders offer advice on how to help them cope.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:52:18 AM

Possible steps after General Conference delay
A global pandemic has postponed General Conference, but the former Judicial Council president argues there is still work that cannot wait a year.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:22:09 PM

No travel? Not a problem for mission board
Across time zones, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries made a virtual trip to Atlanta for their spring meeting.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:54:10 PM

Zimbabwe church keeps diaspora connected
The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area has planted churches in Australia, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:23:46 AM

BMCR focuses on separation plans, leadership views
The African American caucus of The United Methodist Church endorsed the protocol plan for amicable separation of the denomination.
Monday, March 23, 2020 12:56:21 PM

Updated: Looking at new General Conference dates
General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay.
Saturday, March 21, 2020 2:52:25 PM

In GC2020 delay, leaders see needed pause
General Conference delegates and bishops see the postponement as necessary. Responding to COVID-19 pandemic now takes priority.
Friday, March 20, 2020 1:11:34 PM

Church leaders postpone 2020 General Conference
With the venue that was scheduled to host is canceling large events through May 10, General Conference organizers decided they have no choice but to find new dates.
Friday, March 20, 2020 10:08:00 AM

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books
A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:44:04 AM

Small churches undaunted by virus challenges
Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 3:55:32 PM

Ebola offers lessons in fighting coronavirus in Sierra Leone
United Methodist hospitals among those gearing up as coronavirus concerns grow in the West African country.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 2:30:36 PM

Churches overcome social distancing to continue outreach
The continuing spread of COVID-19 is challenging pastors to consider how to do outreach when personal contact is temporarily difficult.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:12:30 PM

Coronavirus disrupts 17 Filipino annual conference sessions
Due to the threat of the coronavirus and quarantines in the region, the annual gatherings have been postponed indefinitely.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:56:04 PM

Virus alters but does not stop Sunday worship
United Methodist churches around the U.S. began to adjust to what it means to be a worshipping community during the coronavirus outbreak.
Monday, March 16, 2020 5:11:44 PM

Churches adapting to COVID-19 restrictions
For United Methodist churches and conferences, that can mean temporarily suspending all in-person worship, activities and events.
Friday, March 13, 2020 3:28:10 PM

Updated: Bishops ask postponement of GC2020
Because of the coronavirus, United Methodist bishops are asking General Conference organizers for the delay.
Friday, March 13, 2020 3:27:00 PM

Solar lamps ease work of clergy, students in Nigeria
The four conferences of the Nigeria Episcopal Area received hundreds of solar systems to be used in United Methodist churches, homes and schools.
Friday, March 13, 2020 10:30:00 AM

8 bishops join in planning new denomination
Recent meeting brought together a range of traditionalist leaders to clarify what a separating church should look like.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:55:11 PM

‘Sacred Trust’ report touts local church leadership
United Methodism should consider returning to its roots by relying more on lay people and ordained local ministers, deacons and elders, according to a church report.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:29:56 PM

Houston megachurch pastor pleads guilty
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, leader of largest United Methodist congregation, admits to role in investment scheme.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 6:06:05 PM

Potential split leads to deep budget cuts
The United Methodist finance agency’s board narrowly approved reductions to an already slashed denominational budget. The result would be the smallest budget since 1988.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:45:54 PM

Preaching the Gospel in busy marketplace
Zimbabwean urban church starts lunch-hour services to bring Jesus to market traders, shoppers and others.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 11:13:06 AM

Adjusting to coronavirus threat
United Methodist churches, conferences take precautions as exposure to the virus becomes a reality.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 4:00:00 PM

In a time of crisis, reassurance without fear
Pastors and other congregational leaders can play a major role in helping older adults adjust to the coronavirus crisis.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 3:00:00 PM

‘Liberation Methodist Church’ idea gets hearing
UM-Forward meeting in Dallas works on two tracks, including one for those ready to form a new, liberationist denomination.
Monday, March 09, 2020 4:48:48 PM

Church members worship together after tornadoes
Church members in Tennessee gathered to find comfort and inspiration in worship after tornadoes killed dozens and caused extensive property damage in Middle Tennessee.
Monday, March 09, 2020 3:36:09 PM

Sierra Leone Conference approves protocol
At the 2020 United Methodist Sierra Leone Conference, members voted to approve the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.
Friday, March 06, 2020 4:20:04 PM

Fostering healthy smiles in Zimbabwe
United Methodists collaborate with Swedish dentists to screen, treat and teach rural children about proper dental care.

Friday, March 06, 2020 11:56:00 AM

Retired pastor’s home lost to tornado
United Methodists in and around Cookeville, Tennessee, among those suffering from March 3 tornadoes.
Thursday, March 05, 2020 4:33:41 PM

The difficult process of church restarts
Church restarts are hard, painful and sometimes the only way to reach out to a community no longer responding to traditional ways of doing church.
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 11:37:56 AM

United Methodist caregivers reflect on Ebola
Doctors and nurses at United Methodist hospitals gathered to look for ways to make prevention efforts more effective as the outbreak showed signs of slowing.
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 11:18:22 AM

Tennessee tornadoes take lives, damage churches
At least 24 deaths were reported after tornadoes swept through Nashville and other parts of the state and the storms heavily damaged at least three United Methodist churches.
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 5:29:50 PM

LGBTQ advocates see hope for church future
United Methodists at the Reconciling Ministries Network convocation expect a proposed denominational separation will reduce harm to LGBTQ members and their allies.
Monday, March 02, 2020 4:43:43 PM

United Methodists respond to Zimbabwe hunger crisis
The United Nations estimates that half the population in Zimbabwe is food insecure due to persistent droughts and economic turmoil.
Monday, March 02, 2020 10:06:03 AM

Local church options under separation plans
Depending on the outcome of 2020 General Conference, local churches could have painful decisions to make.
Friday, February 28, 2020 11:36:05 AM

Sierra Leone prison ministry advocates for inmates
Church group supports female prisoners with counseling, training while they are incarcerated and after they’ve been released.
Friday, February 28, 2020 11:17:22 AM

Key African group supports protocol plan
The UMC Africa Initiative is urging some amendments that are less far-reaching than those offered in a Liberian resolution earlier this month.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 5:26:50 PM

Clergywomen in US, Africa forge bonds
Black clergywomen in the U.S. and their counterparts in Africa are building relationships. A gathering is planned at Africa University in 2022.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 1:34:52 PM

Church evangelizes across Congo River
Central Congo Bishop Daniel Lunge is working with local leaders to establish the first United Methodist Church presence in the Republic of Congo.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:13:11 AM

Churches call for peace on the Korean Peninsula
The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The United and Korean Methodist churches will join Christians throughout the world to call for peace and reconciliation.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 12:54:34 PM

Church school offers hope in Kenyan slums
Huruma United Methodist Church’s primary school supports orphans and other vulnerable children in the Mathare Valley slums.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 11:39:00 AM

Looking at financial impact of GC2020 plans
No matter what happens at General Conference, United Methodist leaders predict a loss of funding. That makes planning a budget especially tough.
Monday, February 24, 2020 1:55:32 PM

Cabinet members filed papers for new church group
Three Florida Conference leaders joined in incorporating ʽThe Florida Methodist Church,’ but two later decided not to help start an organization separate from The United Methodist Church.
Friday, February 21, 2020 3:32:57 PM

Prague pastor goes ‘where God sends me’
Among the 23 local United Methodist churches in the Czech Republic is one Russian-speaking church. What does it mean for its pastor to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?
Friday, February 21, 2020 2:27:25 PM

United Methodist University offers path for failing students
New program prepares students in Sierra Leone to retake high school exit exams so they can qualify to enroll at universities.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:47:56 AM

Think tank to look at GC2020 possibilities
The commission that plans General Conference has named a group to look at how delegates can process legislation “the best way possible.”
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 3:47:37 PM

 

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