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Leaders: Ethnic diversity critical to church future

CHICAGO—Just about everyone agrees that the United Methodist Church needs to draw more people and younger people to reverse decades of declining membership in the United States. Add to the list the need to bring more people of color into the United Methodist fold. That was an overarching theme of a Nov. 29-Dec. 1 meeting […]

Faced with cuts, agencies plan changes

Cut back, hang tough, shift priorities. The United Methodist Church’s general agencies will employ those strategies over the next four years to deal with reduced budgets, smaller boards and new directions in mission. As the largest program agency, the General Board of Global Ministries cut back by reducing its board of directors by nearly two-thirds, […]

Committee votes to retire Bishop Bledsoe

OKLAHOMA CITY – The South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee voted Tuesday night to retire Bishop Earl Bledsoe involuntarily, citing concerns about his administrative abilities. Such a move by a jurisdictional episcopacy committee apparently is a first for the United Methodist Church. The committee’s decision followed a negative performance review it gave Bishop Bledsoe for his four-year tenure in the […]

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