Archives for August 2013

United Methodist Publishing House signs contract to sell property

Nashville, TN — In the second of a multi-step process, the United Methodist Publishing House has entered into a contract with TVG Holdings, LLC an affiliate of Terra Verde Group for the sale of just over 7 acres of property next to the new Music City Center. As a part of the contract there will […]

GBHEM Board Approves Budget, Discusses Education Fund

We were unfortunately out of town when this came through and are just now catching up. Vicki Brown reports on the latest meeting of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Board meeting: Plans for the Young Clergy Initiative, the Central Conference Theological Education Fund, a report on a coming shortage of elders in […]

A bivocational minister warns against bivocational ministry…

Carol Howard Merritt offers a critique of the call these days towards bi-vocational ministry: I am bi-vocational. I love it. I feel called to it. I know what people say in support of it. I know that many of our African American and immigrant pastors have been bi-vocational for a long time. But I want […]

Gloria Holt, prominent lay leader, dies

Via United Methodist News Service… Gloria E. Holt, a longtime lay leader at every level of The United Methodist Church, has died. She was a current member of the Commission on General Conference, former president of the United Methodist Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders and presenter of the Laity Address at the 2004 General […]

Beeson named 2013 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church

Lake Junaluska, North Carolina — The Foundation for Evangelism has announced the selection of Dr. R Mark Beeson, Senior/Founding Pastor of Granger Community Church (GCC), a United Methodist church in Granger, Indiana, as the 2013 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church. Beeson and his wife, Sheila, founded Granger Community Church in their living room […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: The validity and variability of being converted

For the past several columns, I have been suggesting that our mission and ministry as United Methodists would be enhanced by a re-appropriation of the language of conversion. This language, I believe, helps to put all we do in perspective. However this is not simply a matter of semantics, but rather a call to transformation […]

Conferences approve plan of organization, create Great Plains Conference

By Lisa Elliott Diehl*  SALINA, Kan.—More than 1,700 United Methodists from the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska annual (regional) conferences met in simultaneous sessions Aug. 22 and 23 in Salina, Kan., to consider the Plan of Organization for the new Great Plains United Methodist Conference. The final section of the plan was adopted just […]

GCFA board begins preparations for the 2017-2020 quadrennial budget process

Nashville, TN – During the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), board members and staff met with agency general secretaries,  treasurers, and members of the Connectional Table to discuss the budgeting process for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. The joint budget team has been working since last […]

Lewis Center offers free resource to help churches improve congregational giving

WASHINGTON, DC – To encourage the spiritual gift of giving, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership offers the free resourceWhy Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It. Hosted by Lewis Center Director Lovett H. Weems, Jr., this eight-minute video provides an overview of the importance of giving and offers practical ways to improve it. The […]

GBOD board meets in historic Denver session

NASHVILLE, Tenn  – The board of directors of the General Board of Discipleship joined Denver-area church leaders in mission work and conversations about  agency’s service to local congregations during an historic August meeting held for the first time away from GBOD’s offices in Nashville. The meeting was hosted Aug. 1-3 in Denver by Bishop Elaine […]