Archives for March 2015

A Plea to Every UMC Leader: Elect the Next Generation

The statistics are in and they are as disappointing as they are predictable: the people most likely to be making decisions for the United Methodist Church are those who will spend the least amount of time living with the consequences. According to data from the GCFA, the delegates to the last General conference were overwhelmingly […]

Rasing Named to Young People’s Central Conference Post

The addition of Mighty Rasing to the staff of Discipleship Ministries as the new director of program development for Central Conferences will bolster the effectiveness of the United Methodist Church’s youth and young adult ministries in those areas of the world.

Rasing has served for the last five years as the regional staff person for the Young People’s Ministries (YPM) unit of Discipleship Ministries in the Philippines.

Project Transformation of Greater Dallas seeks new executive director

The Executive Director will be responsible to lead the current 10 staff members, approximately 110 college interns, and more than 1,500 volunteers annually and will lead efforts to raise and manage a budget of $1.5 million.

Yoked to Christ and His Church: A Reflection on Vows

“I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” -Psalm 116:14 (NRSV) The change was instantaneous.  The moment I was ordained, the least important thing about me became my “personal” convictions.  Two and a half years ago, at the holy ground called Lake Junaluska Assembly, several bishops as well […]

GBOD agrees to restitution with former staffer

Nashville, TN — Discipleship Ministries (formerly known as the General Board of Discipleship) released a statement today outlining the resolution of a dispute involving the misuse of funds by former staff member Sungnam Choi. Choi served as the director Korean American and Asian Ministries at GBOD between 2003 and 2010. In July of 2013 GBOD announced that […]

This commentary removed at the request of the author

The commentary titled Personal convictions versus ordination vows has been removed at the request of the author. As this commentary was submitted voluntarily with no expectation of compensation, we feel we must honor the request of the author. Special Contributor This story was written by a special contributor to The United Methodist Reporter. You may send your […]

No Sprinklers Required: How My Church Kept Homeless People Off Church Steps

WASHINGTON (RNS) St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question […]

With Presbyterians in the Yes Column, Mainline Protestants Solidify Gay Marriage Support

(RNS) With the largest Presbyterian denomination’s official endorsement Tuesday (March 17), American mainline Protestants have solidified their support for gay marriage, leaving the largest mainline denomination — the United Methodist Church — outside the same-sex marriage fold. Methodists, with more than 7 million members, rejected same-sex marriage at their last national conference, in 2012. They are likely to revisit […]

Recently Read: Sibley United Methodist Church Reaches Milestone of 200 Ramps

Sibley United Methodist Church, of the Louisiana Conference, reached a milestone over the weekend building their 200th home access ramps. They started building access ramps in 2007, which equates to approximately twenty five ramps a year. Sibley United Methodist Church resides in the Webster Parish, of western Louisiana. According the 2010 census 20% of the population, […]

7.5 million Americans lost their religion since 2012

A new survey shows that the Great Decline of religion in America continues. Since 2012, the U.S. has about 7.5 million Americans who are no longer active in religion. Last week, the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) was released. The GSS is the gold standard for sociological surveys. Funded by the National Science Foundation this multi-million dollar study gives us […]