Hays to Step Down As Dean of Duke Divinity School in 2016

Richard B Hays, Duke Divinity School

News from Duke Divinity School: Duke Divinity School Dean Richard B. Hays today announced that he will conclude his term as dean at the end of the next academic year, June 30, 2016. He will take a research leave during the 2016-17 academic year and then return to his position as professor of New Testament […]

Panel Offers Pastors Advice on Becoming ‘Ministers of Reconciliation’ in African-American Communities

Panel offers pastors advice on becoming ‘ministers of reconciliation’ in African-American communities

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) Christian ministers should establish relationships with law enforcement, seek ways to become moral authorities in their communities and listen. Those were the top recommendations from experts at a panel sponsored by The Gospel Coalition on Tuesday (April 14) titled “Seeking Justice and Mercy From Ferguson to New York.” The popular ministry offered an alternative […]

Rahway Church Not Letting Ceiling Collapse Deter Services

Elim United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church, Greater New Jersey Conference, ceiling collapsed around 2pm on Easter Sunday. Bishop John Schol released a public letter with details of the event and calling for prayer for the congregations affected by the roof collapse. The two congregations meeting at the church, Elim United Methodist Church and Manantial de Vida Church, […]

Churches Gather for Prayer, Unity After Charleston Man Shot By Police Officer

UMC Response after Charleston Man Shot by Police Officer - Photo by Matt Brodie

This originally appeared in the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate by Jessica Brodie. Reprinted with permission. NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina—United Methodist churches in South Carolina’s Lowcountry are calling for peace, advocacy, and prayerful healing after a police shooting left an unarmed Charleston man dead. North Charleston Officer Michael T. Slager has been charged with murder after […]

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

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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

Sherri Thiel selected as the interim General Secretary of United Methodist Communications
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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 […]

A Plea to Every UMC Leader: Elect the Next Generation

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 […]