Discipleship

Evangelism
Church members in the Shapure community of Nyanga, Zimbabwe, celebrate the new sanctuary donated to their community by United Methodists from Flekkefjord, Norway. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Norwegians build bridge with Zimbabwe United Methodists

A donation of more than $130,000 helps the Shapure community of Nyanga construct a state-of-the-art sanctuary, drill a borehole and build a pedestrian bridge.
Local Church
The Rev. Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The scholar and pastor’s influence extends far beyond his home denomination. 2009 file photo by Clappstar, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Peterson, Bible popularizer, dies

United Methodists remember the scholar and pastor whose paraphrase The Message, helped millions look at the Bible anew.
General Agencies
The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, lays out his agency’s plans to help United Methodists reach people for Jesus. He addressed his agency’s board in March 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Discipleship Ministries restructures

The new organization will combine the work now housed under new church starts, leadership ministries and young people’s ministries into a single area.
Social Concerns
Bishop Mande Muyombo and delegates work in small groups during a tribalism workshop in Kindu, Congo. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Congo United Methodists seek to eradicate tribalism

Delegates and bishops from four episcopal areas gathered for a three-day workshop on tribalism, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.

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