General Agencies

Mission and Ministry
Peter Gomah checks on seedlings in the oil palm nursery at the United Methodist Ganta Mission Station in Ganta, Liberia, in 2017. The denomination’s Board of Global Ministries during its March board meeting approved $2 million for self-sustaining food production in Africa in honor of the late Bishop John K. Yambasu. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Mission agency funds agriculture, refugee programs

Over three days of meetings, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries approved allocations including $2 million for an agricultural fund honoring the late Bishop John K. Yambasu.
General Church
The Rev. Junius B. Dotson records a segment of the “Soul Reset” study series for the Upper Room at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn., in 2019. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, died Feb. 25, 2021. He was 55. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Discipleship's top executive dies of cancer

United Methodists of varying views remember the Rev. Junius B. Dotson as a leader committed to Christ and a protocol negotiator hopeful about the church’s future.
General Church
A Scout shows his copy of the United Methodist devotional guide "Strength for Service" to an adult leader at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va. The General Commission on United Methodist Men supports Scouting and publishes the “Strength for Service” devotional series. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Commissions, UMW adapt to new budget realities

The 13 agencies that serve The United Methodist Church continue to look for creative ways to adapt to denominational budget cuts made worse by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
General Church
The Discipleship Ministries office in Nashville, Tenn., is being renovated to be better equipped for use post-COVID-19. Although the staff is primarily working at home, the building is being used for small staff meetings as well as a daily prayer broadcast from the Upper Room Chapel. The 13 agencies of The United Methodist Church are facing budget cutbacks among uncertainty around a potential schism. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

General agencies cutting back

Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions.

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