About Us

United Methodist News Service is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. It is staffed by professionally trained journalists who are committed to the work and mission of The United Methodist Church.

The News Service covers the news of the global church with objectivity and strives to be inclusive of the voices, views and contexts of the denomination. We also strive to be language-inclusive, providing content in English, Spanish, French, Korean and Portuguese.

We partner with church communicators in annual conferences and general agencies, as well as contributors around the globe, to tell the story of the church – from individual United Methodists living their faith in interesting ways, to local congregations changing their communities, to general church ministries transforming lives.

We invite the people of The United Methodist Church to share their stories and perspectives, and to contribute content. We also seek ways to support dialogue and understanding in the church through news reporting and commentaries.

The News Service produces daily, weekly and monthly e-newsletters to distribute our stories and stories from conference communicators and correspondents around the world. These e-newsletters are paid for by church offering dollars and are free of charge.

The News Service, like its parent organization United Methodist Communications, receives funding from the church through the World Service apportionment. According to Paragraph 1806.1 the news service, “in keeping with the historic freedom of the press, shall operate with editorial freedom as an independent news bureau serving all segments of church life and society, making available to both religious and public news media information concerning the church at large.”

We advocate for openness and transparency in the denomination, in the belief that the people of The United Methodist Church should be fully informed about the work of their church. We believe that a well-informed church is best able to meet today’s challenges and serve effectively as God’s presence in the world.

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