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Bishop Ough announced a plan a General Conference 2016. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.
The Commission on a Way Forward was formed to assist the bishops in leading our church through our divide over homosexuality.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bruce Ough

Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough was president of the Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference that authorized the Commission on a Way Forward. He discusses the commission’s work and his hopes for the upcoming special 2019 General Conference.

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The Rev. Brian McLaren urges churches to align around a common objective during the 50th anniversary gathering of Christians Engaged in Faith Formation in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by the Rev. Arthur McClanahan.

McLaren urges churches to get in alignment

Churches face major challenges and must rethink everything from scratch, author says.
Church leaders take part in evangelism training at McBride United Methodist Church in Jalingo, Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande Emmanuel, UMNS.

Church in Nigeria sees membership boom

As the country’s population approaches 200 million, church leaders focus on evangelism; envision 18 percent annual growth in next 12 years.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Chebon Kernell walks through the sanctuary at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta offering incense during the closing worship service for Global Ministries.  Photo by Hector Amador.

Expanding partnerships with Native Americans

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries uses its fall meeting to remember history and renew commitments with Native peoples.


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