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Wrestling with budget after GC2020 postponed

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:11
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.

Podcasts give churches ‘germ-free’ way to minister

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:56
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.

Weddings, funerals altered by virus restrictions

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 09:17
United Methodist funerals, memorial services, weddings are getting postponed or downsized in emergency period.

Helping children during the COVID-19 crisis

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:52
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.

Possible steps after General Conference delay

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:22
A global pandemic has postponed General Conference, but the former Judicial Council president argues there is still work that cannot wait a year.

No travel? Not a problem for mission board

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:54
Across time zones, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries made a virtual trip to Atlanta for their spring meeting.

Zimbabwe church keeps diaspora connected

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 08:23
The Zimbabwe Episcopal Area has planted churches in Australia, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

BMCR focuses on separation plans, leadership views

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:56
The African American caucus of The United Methodist Church endorsed the protocol plan for amicable separation of the denomination.

Updated: Looking at new General Conference dates

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 12:52
General Conference organizers met in closed session to explore when they could reschedule the lawmaking assembly after the coronavirus-compelled delay.

In GC2020 delay, leaders see needed pause

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 11:11
General Conference delegates and bishops see the postponement as necessary. Responding to COVID-19 pandemic now takes priority.

Church leaders postpone 2020 General Conference

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 08:08
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.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 09:44
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.

Small churches undaunted by virus challenges

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:55
Despite coronavirus outbreak, United Methodist clergy and churches are finding ways to connect for worship, study and ministry.

Ebola offers lessons in fighting coronavirus in Sierra Leone

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:30
United Methodist hospitals among those gearing up as coronavirus concerns grow in the West African country.

Churches overcome social distancing to continue outreach

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 13:12
The continuing spread of COVID-19 is challenging pastors to consider how to do outreach when personal contact is temporarily difficult.

Coronavirus disrupts 17 Filipino annual conference sessions

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:56
Due to the threat of the coronavirus and quarantines in the region, the annual gatherings have been postponed indefinitely.

Virus alters but does not stop Sunday worship

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:11
United Methodist churches around the U.S. began to adjust to what it means to be a worshipping community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Churches adapting to COVID-19 restrictions

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:28
For United Methodist churches and conferences, that can mean temporarily suspending all in-person worship, activities and events.

Updated: Bishops ask postponement of GC2020

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:27
Because of the coronavirus, United Methodist bishops are asking General Conference organizers for the delay.

Solar lamps ease work of clergy, students in Nigeria

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 08:30
The four conferences of the Nigeria Episcopal Area received hundreds of solar systems to be used in United Methodist churches, homes and schools.