Archives for August 2013

United Theological Seminary announces women’s conference

DAYTON, OH – United Theological Seminary announces the first Deborah’s Daughters women’s conference, which will be Sept. 23, 2013, to Sept. 25, 2013. The conference will focus on the ways that women are and can be in leadership and ministry in every aspect of church life, and it is designed for both clergy and laity. In addition to […]

Aging Well: The value of intergenerational ministries

Recently, I was at an airport in North Carolina waiting to board a flight to Atlanta making a connection to Dallas. I had just made it through the security line when I received a text message from the airline announcing an hour-long delay. Taking  note of the new arrival time, I calculated that I would […]

Texas Board of Ordained Ministry Executive Committee withdraws minimum standards proposal

by The Rev. Josh Hale* The Texas Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry’s Executive Committee has withdrawn the controversial “Proposed Minimum Standards for Entering Candidates” proposal which has been under consideration during the past year. The proposal had attempted to offer guidelines regarding the age levels acceptable for different levels of ministry, with some suggesting […]

Wesleyan Leadership Conference to Focus on Evangelism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A professor at Wesley Theological Seminary and noted researcher of evangelistic theology and practices will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Wesleyan Leadership Conference which will focus on evangelism. Dr. F. Douglas Powe Jr., the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Urban Ministry at the Washington seminary, will use […]

Young United Methodists in Africa exploring indigenous leadership skills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  A growing group of young United Methodists in Africa are being encouraged with annual gatherings and monthly Internet sessions to explore and apply their indigenous leadership attributes as they become leaders in church-related activities. The 2013 Young Africa Leaders Summit, conducted in May by the Young People’s Ministries division of the General […]

United Methodists have presence at Wild Goose Festival

by Michael Rich* Hot Springs, NC — It doesn’t look like a normal United Methodist conference. The crowd is generally younger. There are more tattoos and piercings than one will find at the normal UMC gathering. And the music was all over the map — ranging from hymns (while consuming beer), to bluegrass, to techno […]

Wesleyan Wisdom: The slippage of conversion as a means of UMC church growth

We must, in the words of Harvard’s  Jorge Santyana, “know the past or we are condemned to repeat it.”   Knowing it, we must learn from our mistakes—liberal and conservative—and discover anew the  “road less traveled” so we can fold our grace theology with “God’s way of salvation” into our 21st century culture  and lead people […]

The Skeptic Pastor: The Church Needs Scientists

How can someone believe everything (including mankind) was really made in six days?  With the only ages for the universe that have any scientific consensus reaching into the billions of years, how on earth can anyone trust the Bible? I don’t think there are many Christians alive today who do not have to answer some […]

Regional conferences take on social issues

by Kathy L Gilbert* NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)  During annual (regional) conferences meetings in the U.S. this summer, United Methodists tackled hot-button topics including homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform. Most conferences in the Western Jurisdiction renewed their 2012 support of the “Statement of Gospel Obedience,” which claims the church is in error on the […]

Board of Pensions works to amend the Affordable Care Act

Glenview, IL—According to a statement released by the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, clergy and lay employees of United Methodist churches may soon lose their health care coverage due to some coming provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2013 (ACA or “Obamacare”). This potential loss of benefits is due to an oversight […]