Council of Bishops President Issues Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement early this morning responding to the decision by the United States Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is a protected right under the U.S. Constitution. In his statement (printed in full below), Brown recognizes the ongoing division in the United […]

Home Depot taps Strength for Service as recipient of rebate program

Beginning June 15, The Home Depot will offer United Methodist churches and affiliate organizations an opportunity to help fund the distribution of free copies of Strength for Service to God and Country, to U. S. military troops and veterans.

GCFA continues withholding of funds for East Africa Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn — The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Board, meeting this week in Nashville, has decided to continue withholding funds allocated by the general church to the East Africa Annual Conference and related organizations. This action was taken in response to a lack of financial accountability for the disbursement of funds in that […]

Connectional Table votes to submit legislation removing prohibitive language on homosexuality

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Connectional Table of the United Methodist Church has voted to submit a compromise legislative proposal to the 2016 General Conference that removes prohibitive language from The United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning homosexuality, while making only minor changes to the existing Social Principles. The proposal would allow United Methodist clergy to perform […]

Ross named to new vital congregations position at Discipleship Ministries

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — The Rev. Vance P. Ross has been named to the new position of director of annual conference relations/annual conference strategist for vital congregations at Discipleship Ministries. Ross, who is senior pastor of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, will begin his new assignment on May 11. “We are excited to have Vance […]

Krause elected General Secretary of United Methodist Communications

Nashville, Tenn. — The General Commission on Communication announced today that Daniel Krause of Denver has been named top executive of United Methodist Communications, effective June 8, following a vote of the Commission today. Krause is currently a candidate for ordination as an elder in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. He […]

GC 2016 recruiting volunteer marshals and pages

Nashville, Tenn. –   Beginning April 1, volunteers can apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016. Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Preference will be given […]

New interim leader selected for UMCom

NASHVILLE, Tenn —   The General Commission on Communication announced today the appointment of an interim chief executive officer for United Methodist Communications, effectively immediately. The Rev. Larry Hollon, who has served as general secretary of United Methodist Communications for the past 15 years, announced this past August that he would retire this spring, having reached […]

Petition submission process begins for General Conference 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn — Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through October 13, 2015. According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference…” Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are […]

God makes major announcement: “I am leaving the UMC…”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, collectively known as “God,” issued a statement this morning that, in light of the denomination’s ever declining membership and relevance, they are leaving the United Methodist Church. The statement read, in part, “This church just isn’t what it used to be, and quite frankly we’re tired of […]