Despite requests to reconsider the sharp reductions, the General Council on Finance and Administration went ahead with an 18 percent cut in agency budgets.
The Council of Bishops unanimously adopted a statement pledging to be “a prayerful, hopeful, and pastoral presence” without manipulating proceedings as they preside over the 2019 General Conference.
United Methodists and Episcopalians are on the verge of completing a full communion agreement that has been years in the making.
The full Council of Bishops has committed itself to dismantling racism across the church, especially in the United States, after African-American bishops decried the politics of hatred taking place in America.
In the midst of turbulent times, Bishop Kenneth Carter encouraged the Council of Bishops to try to view The United Methodist Church’s future “through the lens that Scripture gives us.”
The Connectional Table is looking to relieve General Conference of the burden of deciding a lot of U.S.-centric legislation.
Discipleship Ministries officials say the restructure is intended to focus resources on a renewed mission of increasing church membership.
Whatever delegates decide at the 2019 General Conference, the denomination’s pension agency wants United Methodist clergy and lay workers to know their accrued benefits aren’t going anywhere.
Although Hurricane Florence’s effects are only beginning to subside, United Methodists on the ground in the Carolinas are providing assistance to storm victims.
Advocates for maintaining church policies on homosexuality are championing their own version of the Traditional Plan while another advocate, offers a plan to dissolve the UMC and create new denominations.