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Course of Study School at Perkins offers “hybrid” advanced COSS class in Spanish

Perkins is one of two theological schools in The United Methodist Church authorized to offer COSS classes in Spanish. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo, director of the Regional COSS at Perkins and Professor of Christian Mission & Intercultural Studies, is excited about making coursework more accessible for working pastors.

New church starts up in U.S. and abroad

The United Methodist Church exceeded goals for starting full-fledged churches and other worshipping communities, both in the U.S. and internationally, according to reports from two of the denomination’s agencies. The General Board of Discipleship said annual conferences started 684 churches in the United States from 2008-2012—34 more than the goal. “We want to celebrate the […]

GBGM speaks on Gaza

Editor’s note: the General Board of Global Ministries has issued the following: By Melissa Hinnen Consistent with the resolutions of the United Methodist General Conference and with the World Methodist Council resolution on Israel and Palestine, the General Board of Global Ministries condemns the use of violence in the region and asks for prayers for a […]

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, […]

West Ohio Conference rides the crest of the missional wave

By Melissa Hinnen, Special Contributor… “God has got to be super happy,” Bishop Bruce Ough emotionally declared after a miracle offering at the West Ohio Annual Conference. By the close of the June 10-13 meeting in Lakeside, Ohio, the conference had raised more than $1 million for the Wings of the Morning aviation ministry. That […]