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The parking lot of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., stands mostly empty on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Employees have worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health emergency also has caused Publishing House revenues to drop, prompting layoffs and a decision to put the headquarters up for sale. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing House among pandemic victims

With church buildings closed due to COVID-19, the United Methodist Publishing House has seen sharply lower sales and had to take severe cost-saving steps.
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An offering plate is passed down the pew at Cathedral of the Rockies, a United Methodist church in Boise, Idaho. The General Council on Finance and Administration board surveyed U.S. conference treasurers to find out what impact potential church disaffiliations and church closures will have on the apportionment formula over the next four years. 2018 file photo by Mary Kienzle, United Methodist Communications.

Estimating financial impact of church exits

United Methodist financial leaders voted on agencies’ 2021 budgets at the same time they looked at the costs of a potential church split and a proposal to reduce bishops.
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United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 2018, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country. 2018 file photo courtesy of Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries.

Finding strength in the worldwide church family

After a decade of service, Thomas Kemper leaves the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries with stronger international ties.
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Global Mission Fellow Bellarmee Milosi gives a tutoring session for children in  Tramo, Philippines, as part of the Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. With the current budget constraints, expansion of this successful young adult ministry is unlikely. 2018 file photo courtesy of Global Ministries.

Church agencies cope with new realities

The changing landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty over the denomination’s future has created challenges for United Methodist agencies.

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