Charles Wesley’s hymn, “Come, Sinners, to the Gospel Feast” reminds us that Christ, the host, invites all persons to the table, that no one be left behind.
At Annual Conference last week, our Conference Statistician George Speake encouraged us to focus on evangelism and stewardship to turn around our declining numbers. The Media Center offers small-group studies, short books, and other resources to help you train your members in evangelism and create a robust culture of generosity in stewardship. Evangelism Small-Group Studies… Continue Reading→
Each month Mission Volunteers with Global Ministries is highlighting two placement openings with the goal of advertising specific placement opportunities and to receive applications. Please feel free to review these opportunities here.
The 2019 Annual Conference ended with the Ordering of Ministry service on Saturday morning. This service licensed, commissioned, certified, recognized, and ordained 65 persons for ministry into the world. Bishop Ward used John 16: 12-15 as her scriptural text for the message. This passage has a forward-looking message and helps us lean into what we… Continue Reading→
Claire Clyburn reported for the Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships. The mission of this body is to give expression to the unity of the church that is already given to us through Jesus Christ and to give expression and reality to the call for hospitality and true welcome to and by those of… Continue Reading→
The report from Connectional Ministries showed a small portion of the depth and breadth of the many ministries in which the conference is engaged and many people took part in the report. The report began on Friday afternoon but because of delegation voting, had to be interrupted and completed on Saturday morning. Below are highlights… Continue Reading→
At Annual Conference we talked a lot about supporting and knowing our immigrant neighbors. We often hear big questions that start, “why don’t immigrants just______?” I assume that most people reading this, even advocates for their immigrant neighbors, don’t know well how the immigration system works in the USA. It has been built on centuries… Continue Reading→
Beloved Friends, This past Friday at Annual Conference we had a nearly unanimous resolution (Number 13) titles “Seeing our Immigrant Neighbors and the Forces Affecting Them.” One of the suggestions was to stay tuned to this webpage, and so if you are reading these words as a follow-up, then good for you! We talked on… Continue Reading→
Friday’s last plenary was extended by 45 minutes to accommodate the Resolutions Committee report. A total of 14 resolutions were submitted prior to annual conference. Five were submitted in response to the 2019 General Conference decisions. The report was presented by the Rev. Ben Wolf, chair of the Resolutions Committee, and the Rev. Laura Wittman,… Continue Reading→
All of us are called to ministry and mission by our baptism. In her presentation during the Laity Celebration, Harriett Jane Olson, CEO of the United Methodist Women, encouraged conference laity to find out the date of their baptism and write about their faith journey since that day. She pointed out that laity often say,… Continue Reading→