Discipleship

Young People
Members of the young adult group of First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Ill., gather together after a worship service on June 13. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Laity leadership revitalizes church’s young adult ministry

Instead of relying on a pastor to oversee its young adult ministry, First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Illinois, entrusted it to a devoted and committed volunteer layperson with a calling and vision.
General Church
A stained-glass window at St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church in Ashfield, New South Wales, illustrates Jesus’ description of himself as the Good Shepherd. A new Ipsos poll offers insight into how Christians are viewed today. Photo by Toby Hudson, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Poll about Jesus raises questions

Nearly half of people who took a survey about attitudes about Jesus and Christianity said believers are giving and loving. But a significant minority say they’re hypocritical and judgmental. United Methodist professors and pastors offer thoughts on the poll results.
Mission and Ministry
Barbara Dunlap-Berg. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Stop yelling! I still can’t hear you!

As mask-wearing during the pandemic challenges communication, churches help people adapt via online opportunities.
Discipleship
Lisa Buffum and Steve Wilke stroll the campus at The Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College, a United Methodist institution in Winfield, Kansas. They work on BeADisciple, an online learning program for Christians that became more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Sara Weinert.

COVID sparks interest in BeADisciple courses

BeADisciple, which offers online courses and certification in many ministry specialties, reports an increase in students and courses that coincided with the coronavirus pandemic

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