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.
Proponents of the Simple Plan say that the three Way Forward models are all deficient in some by promoting some form on ongoing discrimination against LGBTQ people.
The churchwide giving for ministries beyond the local church known as apportionments will be drastically reduced starting in 2021.
On the question of how the United States should treat newcomers, annual conferences proclaimed a common message: Keep families together, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service.
LGBTQ United Methodists and their allies worshiped and strategized for the 2019 General Conference at a three-day gathering, “For Everyone Born,” in St. Louis, Mo.
In a closed-door meeting organized by a lay delegate from Northern Illinois, 55 General Conference delegates met in Nashville not to discuss legislation, but to “build relationships,” according to the organizer.