“The church’s mission will be well-served by … recovering the distinctive ministry of ‘traveling’ and ‘local’ ordained ministers,” say members of the United Methodist ministry study commission in their report.
The amount of $39 million, to be distributed over eight years, would essentially guarantee that minority ministries be funded at their current levels while the UMC effects a separation, said negotiators.
The Bible is the supreme arbiter of right and wrong when it comes to marriage and every other issue, states a 53-page first draft of a guidebook for a potential new denomination spun out of The United Methodist Church.
The church agency that administers United Methodist pension funds and benefits programs is making progress toward improving the effects of church investments on the environment, but some believe changes are coming too slowly.
The seven congregations have left the United Methodist denomination under the process set out in a disaffiliation plan adopted in February by the special called General Conference.
The Rev. Lea Matthews sees her ordination as a deacon in the New York Annual Conference fraught with “complexity and complications,” writes Jim Patterson of United Methodist News Service.
Annual conferences throughout worldwide United Methodism will consider resolutions on sexuality, environmental stewardship and the future of the denomination.
Leaders of most United Methodist seminaries in the U.S. that train clergy for the denomination are stressing their inclusive policies after the special General Conference affirmed the church’s LGBTQ bans.
United Methodists in the midwestern United States are helping their fellow townspeople cope with the effects of widespread flooding.
Former United Methodists who are LGBTQ and the parent of a gay son tell what caused them finally to leave the UMC.