GBCS – Cultivating a culture of respect

Editor’s note: Yesterday we ran a commentary about the action of Mr. Bill Mefford, a staff member of the General Board of Church and Society, which failed to recognize the response from GBCS General Secretary Susan Henry Crowe regarding that behavior. That statement is included below: The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) welcomed LifeWatch […]

Bishop Job, who helped people deal with death, dead at 86

By Kathy L. Gilbert Jan. 4, 2014 | BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (UMNS) “I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is good,” said retired Bishop Rueben P. Job after the publication of his […]

Kevin Alton named as UMR Editor

CircuitWriter Media LLC announced today that Kevin Alton has been named as the new Executive Editor for The United Methodist Reporter and will be joining CWM as a partner, effective immediately.

“Bishops on the Border” addresses immigration

The small book is a Scriptural tour de force with each contributor citing particularly relevant passages regarding strangers and aliens and the welcome God instructs His followers in the Old Testament and Jesus insists His believers offer in the New.

Will Frank Shaefer’s reinstatement be overturned?

The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.

FUMC Midland, TX, brings Cuban pastor to establish Hispanic ministry

“We wanted to do this because there is a rapidly growing Spanish-speaking and English-speaking Hispanic population growing in Midland.

Methodist bishop’s offer to mediate housing standoff declined

Police were preparing to disperse crowds gathered near the structures that were to be demolished on June 3 when Bishop Michel Hansrod of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa intervened.

Recently Read: RIP, average attendance

David Odom, Executive Director of Leadership Education at the Duke Divinity School, recently unpacked the growing uselessness of worship attendance as a metric of church vitality at the Faith & Leadership site: The growing lack of dependability on attendance is a sign that the virtuous cycles that have sustained congregations since the end of World […]

UMCom chief exec to retire next year

Nashville, Tenn. — The Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, announced today his plans to retire in the next 9-10 months. Rev. Hollon will reach the mandatory retirement age for elective and appointive staff of United Methodist general agencies. Although the mandatory retirement age for clergy is not until age 72, there is a […]

New church planters gain networking, new resources from road trip

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Church planters, who often feel isolated as they work to establish new churches and faith communities , will be more connected and have better resources as a result of a road trip New Church Starts (Path 1) made throughout the five jurisdictions of the United Methodist Church. During the summer of 2013, staff […]