Church Growth

Evangelism
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi urges members and guests of Black Methodists for Church Renewal to "stay woke" during her sermon at Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta. "Stay woke" is a call to be aware of racial and social justice issues and is closely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

BMCR explores ‘reset’ from past to future

Speakers challenge The United Methodist Church’s African American caucus and church leaders to work to become more relevant to younger members.
General Church
The Rev. Sergei Nikolaev (l), president of Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church, enjoyed a close friendship with the Rev. Bruce Weaver (r), and this photo shows a visit they had in the Dallas area two years ago. Weaver was the first leader of the Russia Initiative, which began with United Methodist relief work in Russia, and expanded to support for pastors and churches. Photo courtesy Sergei Nikolaev.

Texas pastor helped revive Methodism in Russia

The Rev. Bruce Weaver, who led The United Methodist Church’s Russia Initiative, has died at age 97.
Church Growth
Walter Mujuru (right), Zimbabwe West Conference music director, teaches marimba basics to participants at the episcopal area’s annual arts workshop in Mutoko, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Using musical instruments for evangelism

Zimbabwe Episcopal Area teaches church members to play new instruments to hone their talents and attract young people to worship.
Church Growth
Visiting clergy from Freetown, Kenema and Kailahun, Sierra Leone, join the Rev. Judith Banya (standing right) to pray for Juana Jusu, who was partially paralyzed after an insect bite. Jusu traveled from Bomaru to join Baiwalla United Methodist Church  in celebrating its fifth anniversary. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

United Methodism grows in remote border town

Sierra Leone congregation celebrates five years of ministry, looks to future with new high school, girls’ boarding home and church building.

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