Congregations

Mission and Ministry
Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones and the Rev. Jill Daniel (standing with Jones) visit with children and supervisors at the new Methodist Children’s Center in Linden, Texas. Jones has made child welfare a conference priority, and Daniel leads the conference’s effort to plant child care centers in underserved areas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Conference takes on 'child care deserts'

Texas Conference partners with local churches to start child care centers in underserved areas, with a focus on literacy, health and discipleship.
Local Church
Ethel Battle learns how to use her new tablet computer during a training session for Project Connect at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church received a $7,000 grant from Discipleship Ministries to help seniors remain connected to church and community services, many of which moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry connects seniors with today’s tech

Seniors are making strides into the computer age at a north Nashville church, thanks to classes made possible by a grant from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.
Local Church
Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church has filed a counterclaim in response to a lawsuit by North Georgia Conference trustees. The legal dispute deals with property. Photo by Wendy Parker, East Cobb News.

Mt. Bethel countersues conference leaders

Attorneys for Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church argue that the North Georgia Conference is blocking the congregation’s efforts to disaffiliate.
Social Concerns
Centennial United Methodist Church, which has made strides with the LGBTQ community and people with developmental disabilities, is in the process of better addressing racism as well. Artwork by Eve Newman, member of the Flames, a group of developmentally disabled people at Centennial United Methodist Church.

Inviting all: Prioritizing inclusivity

Diversity flourishes at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville, Minn., where pastor Brian Hacklander says, "we can be doing more and we’re called to do more.”

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