Central conferences communications initiative approved

A plan to improve communications for church members in countries outside the United States was overwhelmingly approved May 3 by the United Methodist General Conference.

The plan, submitted by United Methodist Communications, calls upon that church agency to identify new partnerships or assist with established partnerships among United Methodists in Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.

The agency will collaborate with central conference bishops, communicators and other leaders “to determine the nature of each partnership and choose appropriate, specific, supportive communications linkages and training.”

Giving voice “to those who otherwise might not be heard” and sharing stories and the word of the church in “culture-appropriate” ways are among the plan’s goals.

Funding of $2.3 million is included in the central conferences communications initiative.

*Bloom is the director of the New York office of United Methodist News Service.

News media contact: (412) 325-6080 during General Conference, April 27-May 7.
After May 10: (615) 742-5470.

Related

Sign up for our newsletter!

SUBSCRIBE

Latest News

General Conference
The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. Only General Conference can change the book, which is revised after each meeting of the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

List of GC2019 petitions under court review

Downloadable PDF lists approved changes to the Book of Discipline that will be reviewed by the Judicial Council in April.
General Church
As the Rev. Joe Harris presides over the legislative committee, the results of a vote approving the Traditional Plan as amended by 461-359 are displayed. The vote must still be approved by the plenary session on Feb. 26, the final day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Traditional Plan advances as One Church, Simple plans fail

General Conference 2019 delegates moved the Traditional Plan forward to plenary, not the One Church Plan or the Simple.
General Church
Delegate Norma Kehrberg uses an electronic voting machine during a Feb. 24 plenary session of the special General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Traditional and One Church backers gear up

The Traditional Plan is the top priority as delegates begin their second day of legislative committee. But One Church Plan backers have not given up.