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The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost

4/26/2017

Message from the moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward We live in the great fifty days, after the church has witnessed the presence of the risen Christ and before the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of being together in community, discerning the future and depending on God. The Commission on a Way Forward recently gathered for its ...


UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

4/25/2017

From the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will ...


Five Out-of-the-Box Ideas for Men's Ministry

4/19/2017

Photo credit: Snapwire Snaps / Zak Suhar By Jeremy Steele It's time to get creative with your United Methodist Men's ministry. A Pew study has confirmed what churches have seen for years. "In the United States, for example, women are more likely than men to say religion is 'very important' in their lives (60% of women vs. 47% of men), according ...


Clarity on Upcoming Declaratory Decision from Judicial Council

4/13/2017

Dear Mississippi Annual Conference,    In a couple of weeks, the Judicial Council will act on a request for a declaratory decision from the South Central Jurisdiction in response to the Western Jurisdiction's election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Throughout our general church and within the Mississippi Annual ...


Commission on a Way Forward optimistic of future, delves into tough task

4/12/2017

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward hold discussions in small groups during their meeting in Washington, D.C., April 6-8, where they began to consider possible outcomes of the task entrusted to them by General Conference. (Photo by Maidstone Mulenga) "I ask that you join with me and the bishop's prayer team in continuing to lift these ...


New Degree Concentrations Available in Church Management, Social Innovation Starting

4/6/2017

From SMU Perkins School of Theology News Perkins School of Theology-Southern Methodist University announces two new degree concentrations – in partnership with SMU’s Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts – designed to strengthen future clergy in the area of church management and to equip those pursuing nontraditional forms of ...


United Methodist Church Certifies First Lay Parish Nurse

4/5/2017

KINGSPORT, Tenn. /Discipleship Ministries/ – After nearly two decades serving as a church nurse in Holston Annual Conference congregations, Joy Eastridge heard God’s call to take the next step in her ministry and is now the first certified lay minister with the specialization of United Methodist parish nurse. "I felt like it was an obedience issue,...


Judicial Council hearing scheduled for April 25

3/31/2017

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an oral hearing on April 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. ET in response to a request for a declaratory decision regarding the nomination, election, consecration, and/or assignment as bishop of a person who claims to be a "self-avowed practicing homosexual" or is a spouse in a same-sex marriage ...


United Methodists Create New Conference in Nigeria

3/31/2017

Photo by Richard Fidelis United Methodist Women offer songs during the March 19 inauguration of the new North East Nigeria Annual Conference. By Sharon Adamu Bambuka  | KARIM LAMIDO, Nigeria (UMNS) The United Methodist Church, Nigeria Episcopal Area, has inaugurated a new conference. The new North East Nigeria Annual Conference was celebrated ...


Jimmy Carr, ‘champion of deacons,’ dies at 72

3/30/2017

Photo courtesy of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The Rev. Jimmy Carr was instrumental in creating the Order of Deacons. He also helped Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center better connect with its community. By Heather Hahn United Methodist News Service The Rev. Jimmy Carr dedicated his ministry to bridging The United ...


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