Grateful for our union benefits
In this op-ed, retired pastor Glenn M. Wagner shares from his four decades of pastoral experience significant benefits of the “United” in our UMC.
Conference program staff to transition, reduce
The Michigan Conference announces program staff restructuring, reductions, and reassignments needed to meet budget projections for 2024.
Denominational giving drops for 3rd year
The decline in UMC giving comes as COVID-19 continues its menace and a possible denominational separation is on the horizon.
Leaders consider the UMC’s bottom line
For now, leaders of the General Council on Finance and Administration propose cutting the budget for denomination-wide ministries by nearly a third, starting in 2023.
Finance board gets update on giving
The General Council on Finance and Administration learns of volatility in apportionment giving across the connection. Collection rates in the first quarter varied widely among the seven general church funds.
General Agencies cutting back
Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions.
Estimating financial impact of exits
Financial forecast … a survey of conferences projects that a 20% decline in local church net expenditures will result in about $41 million less in requested apportionments by 2024.
UMs give as ‘Easter people’
Though dispirited following the 2019 General Conference, the people of The United Methodist Church rallied in giving to denomination-wide ministries.
Scripture key in WCA discipline
The WCA has released a first draft of Doctrines and Discipline, toward the possible creation of a new, traditionalist church.
She heard God’s call on campus
Ministry Shares support United Methodist seminaries and students on campus. Like the Rev. Deborah Johnson, alumnae of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.