Archives for January 2014

GCFA announces new leadership team

NASHVILLE, Tenn — The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has announced the makeup of of their new leadership team for the coming year. Last year, GCFA offered a Volunteer Separation Package to many of the long-time staff, and several senior members of the staff chose to retire. In the wake of those retirements, GCFA […]

One pastor’s take on why he left the United Methodist Church

Earlier this month we shared a story from the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference on the third pastor and congregation from that conference who have chosen to leave the United Methodist Church during the past year. All three of these congregations were newly planted churches, and at least two have affiliated with the Nevada based Central […]

Recently Read: Maxie Dunnam takes on Bishop Carcaño|

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam has been around the UMC for a long time, having served as a pastor, a UM agency employee, and that Dean of Asbury Theological Seminary. He was also a pastor in Mississippi during the battle over civil rights in the South, and thus has an interesting response to Bishop Minerva Carcaño’s comparison […]

Bishop Carter says unborn must be included in “radically inclusive church” mission

by Wayne Rhodes* WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the 26th annual Lifewatch Sanctity of Life Service Jan. 22, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. declared that the mission of a radically inclusive church must include the unborn in its inclusiveness. The bishop issued a call for United Methodists to seek a coherent social teaching, a consistent ethic […]

Recently Read: Five Advantages to the Mid-Year Move

The Rev. Christy Thomas, a friend of UMR who has written for us in the past, retired this month from ministry in the local church. As she’s gone through this process, she’s discerned 5 benefits on moving at the first of the calendar year, what most United Methodist pastors would call a mid-year move: In […]

A Prayer for the Church from The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lord… We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray, but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and not upon you. Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and […]

Wesley Bros: How sweet the sound

Click on image to enlarge to screen… Opinionated Parishioner believes all criticism is “constructive.” Worship leaders often hear opinions about what they should or shouldn’t be doing more than they receive thanks for what they are doing. This is probably due to most people thinking worship is something the leaders do to entertain them, rather […]

Start strengthening older adult ministry in the new year!

The new year ushers in an opportunity for church leaders to take a fresh look at how their churches are engaged in ministry for and with older adults. It’s time that we think beyond monthly potluck luncheons and daytrips to ensure that that there’s a ministry plan involving older adults in every life stage, from […]

Trial set for theologian who officiated at son’s wedding

By Heather Hahn and Kathy Gilbert* A United Methodist theologian and retired elder in the New York Annual (regional) Conference will face a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son. The trial of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree is scheduled for March 10 at First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Conn., reports […]

Recently Read:The Issue of Age in Modern Worship

Manuel Luz isn’t United Methodist, but serves as the music and worship pastor at the Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA. However, he recently wrote a blog post that piqued our interest about modern congregations “retiring” their worship pastors in favor of folks who are younger and hipper: The dirty little secret is that, in […]