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Mission and Ministry
Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones and the Rev. Jill Daniel (standing with Jones) visit with children and supervisors at the new Methodist Children’s Center in Linden, Texas. Jones has made child welfare a conference priority, and Daniel leads the conference’s effort to plant child care centers in underserved areas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Conference takes on 'child care deserts'

Texas Conference partners with local churches to start child care centers in underserved areas, with a focus on literacy, health and discipleship.
Faith Stories
GW Stark, the son of a United Methodist preacher, refashions his father’s sermons from the 1950s through the 1970s into podcasts from his home in Franklin, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Sermons revived 25 years after pastor’s death

The Son of a Preacher Podcast refashions vintage sermons by United Methodist pastor the Rev. Wallace A. Stark as bite-size podcasts, with commentary from his son, GW Stark.
Local Church
Ethel Battle learns how to use her new tablet computer during a training session for Project Connect at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church received a $7,000 grant from Discipleship Ministries to help seniors remain connected to church and community services, many of which moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry connects seniors with today’s tech

Seniors are making strides into the computer age at a north Nashville church, thanks to classes made possible by a grant from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.
Local Church
The Rev. Nathan Webb is pastor of Checkpoint Church, which was designed to be exclusively virtual. The church utilizes social media platforms Twitch, Discord and YouTube to build community. Screenshot courtesy of Checkpoint Church via YouTube.

‘Church for nerds’ builds community without a building

As churches in the pandemic era have gotten creative with virtual worship, Checkpoint Church was designed to be exclusively virtual. They don’t even have a building.

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