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 […]

Rasing Named to Young People’s Central Conference Post

Mighty Rasing New director of program development for Central Conferences

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.

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 […]

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

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC

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

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 access ramp team photo via Minden Post Herald

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

7.5 million people left religion since 2012: Three graphs from latest General Social Survey

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 […]

‘Flat Wesleys’ Help Children Learn, Practice Intentional Discipleship

‘Flat Wesleys’ Help Children Learn, Practice Intentional Discipleship

Children throughout the United Methodist connection are learning about the history of the Methodist movement and practicing intentional discipleship with the help of drawings of John and Charles Wesley called “Flat Wesleys.”

Churches in each annual conference and each central conference are receiving laminated copies of the Flat Wesleys to begin the project, which will continue through September, said Melanie C. Gordon, director of Ministry with Children at Discipleship Ministries.

Social-justice agency board approves $120,000 in grants


General Board of Church & Society chief executive cites 5 challenges to denomination in report to Board of Directors.