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General Church
A graphic depicts how giving flows from local churches to annual conferences to the denomination-wide ministries of the global United Methodist Church. In a time of mounting church disaffiliations, the denomination’s financial leaders are trying to develop a church-wide budget that keeps in mind needs at all levels of the denomination. Graphic courtesy of the Connectional Table.

Debate looming on how low budget should go

The two bodies that develop The United Methodist Church’s budget agree cuts are needed, but disagreements are brewing over stewardship in a time of mounting church disaffiliations.
Connectional Table
Nordic-Baltic Area Bishop Christian Alsted preaches during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Connectional Table chair gave the opening devotion during the leadership body’s online meeting Nov. 17. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Connectional Table aims to restructure

The United Methodist leadership body that coordinates denomination-wide ministries is looking to shrink its size and become more global in membership.
Global Health
The Connectional Table, a United Methodist leadership body, identifies COVID-19 vaccine distribution as a missional priority for the denomination. The move aims to strengthen ongoing efforts to get shots in arms. Photo by Arek Socha, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

COVID-19 vaccination named missional priority

The Connectional Table, which acts as a church council for the denomination, boosts United Methodist efforts to get people around the globe inoculated against COVID-19.
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The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai addresses the Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Ore., in 2016. Bigham-Tsai is chief connectional ministries officer for the United Methodist Connectional Table, which unanimously approved plans to host conversations around the globe about the church’s vision and mission. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Leadership body invites church to vision work

As United Methodists wait for the postponed General Conference, the Connectional Table plans to host conversations about the church’s vision and mission.

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