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Commentary: Jesus and the United Methodist system

by Richard Peck* As we enter the season of electing bishops, it’s interesting to compare our system with the selection system employed by Jesus. The alarming thing about Jesus is that he had no management training. His sloppy administrative style is most evident in this recruitment practices. He apparently had no guidelines for selecting disciples. […]

UM agency lowers East Africa bishop’s salary

By Rich Peck, United Methodist News Service… The UMC’s General Council on Finance and Administration, meeting Nov. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla., set the salary of East Africa Bishop Daniel Wandabula at $1,000 per month. Other bishops outside the United States will receive about $5,500 per month for 2013. The unprecedented action follows three audits conducted […]

A day for honoring fathers and exorcising old demons

By J. Richard Peck, Special Contributor…   It happens every Father’s Day. My thoughts go back to the day after he committed suicide. “If you say anything nice about him, I’m walking out,” my sister said to the pastor planning the funeral service. I did not agree with my sister, but I didn’t have to […]

United Methodists join Pan-Methodist covenant

By Rich Peck, UMNS… TAMPA, Fla.—After several hundred years of separation, members of six Pan-Methodist denominations have committed to ministry together. The United Methodist Church is the last of the denominations to adopt the full communion agreement, which was celebrated May 1 during the 2012 General Conference. The affirmation establishes a new relationship among the […]

GC trims budget, apportionments

By Rich Peck, UMNS… General Conference 2012 approved a budget of $603.1 million for seven general church funds during the 2013-2016 period; that total is 6.03 percent less than the amount apportioned for the previous four-year period—the first time the assembly has accepted a lower budget than the amount set for the preceding period. That […]