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"Next" Empowers Collegians to Enact Change

7/1/2016

From the General Board of Higher Education Ministries Registration is now open for Imagine What’s NEXT, a weekend event featuring motivational speakers, community gatherings and powerful worship to help college students tackle real issues within their communities and around the world.   NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 21, 2016 – While pursuing a field of ...


U.S. Northeast Keeps Bishops — For Now

6/30/2016

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS General Conference has authorized a study of the areas bishops serve in the United States. By Heather Hahn June 16, 2016 | UMNS The 2016 General Conference opted to keep the same number of U.S. bishops, but that’s so United Methodist leaders can take a hard look at remaking the denomination’s map. The ...


United Methodist Safe After Istanbul Attack

6/30/2016

  Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Thomas Kemper, second from left, top executive, United Methodist Global Ministries, was among the church leaders celebrating the commissioning of new missionaries May 19 at General Conference 2016 in Portland, Ore. Photo by Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries Those leaving the airport stand in the last portion of the ...


Following the Vision at Bethlehem Bible College

6/29/2016

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Michael Arteen (kneeling) is commissioned as a missionary by Bishop John Yambasu May 19 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Arteen is now serving at Bethlehem Bible College. By Linda Bloom | NEW YORK (UMNS) The Rev. Alex and Brenda Awad were “following an idea and a vision” when they went ...


Ideas for a Back-to-School Kickoff

6/28/2016

By Jeremy Steele, United Methodist Communications With every changing season, the church has an opportunity to reach out to neighbors and introduce new people to the community of Christ. For teens, there may be no bigger seasonal transition than starting back to school. This is the perfect time for a fun outreach event. Students can get together...


Three Ways to Encourage Gratitude in the Church

6/27/2016

By Tricia Brown, United Methodist Communications “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Cicero According to University of Mississippi Medical Center chaplain Doris Whitaker, being thankful reaps health benefits as well as spiritual ones. The director of pastoral services explains, “Thankfulness releases ...


After GC2016, Future Murky for Agency Reform

6/23/2016

Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS Plan UMC agency restructuring got a chilly reception at the 2016 General Conference. Church leaders still are looking for how agencies can better serve the global connection. By Heather Hahn, United Methodist  UMNS Plan UMC has taken an unplanned detour — at least for now. The 2016 General Conference referred parts...


AIDS Goal: Ending the Public Health Threat

6/23/2016

Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS The Rev. Anne Gatobu from the Global AIDS Fund speaks during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 18 in Portland, Ore. In the background are the Rev. Donald Messer and the Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach. By Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service End AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. That was the ...


Is Being an Early Adopter Bad?

6/23/2016

By Jane Massey, United Methodist Communications "I need a blog. I must have a blog by next week. … What's a blog?" —Colleague in a meeting My friend and former coworker just wanted to be relevant and catch up with an alarmingly changed business landscape. It's hard to resist the siren calls of marketing "gurus/ninjas" who speak in extreme ...


Leadership Lessons from John Wesley and Successor John Fletcher

6/22/2016

John Wesley and John Fletcher images from the Engraved Portraits of the First Methodist Divines, Archives and Manuscript Department, Pitts Theology Library, Emory University. By Clay Morgan, United Methodist Communications John Fletcher was born in Switzerland, grew up speaking French and settled in England where he helped shape the world. John ...


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