"We are supportive of the many great connectional ministries of our denomination. Also, we feel strongly that we need to model 100% giving for our local churches." — Randy Bowman, Desert Southwest Conference treasurer.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Conference urges apportionment support
PHOENIX (UMNS) — While some United Methodists are planning to withhold church giving, the Desert Southwest Conference has asked its churches not to protest General Conference action at the offering plate. Heather Hahn reports.
United Methodists decry killings of farmers
CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines (UMNS) — United Methodists used poetry and music at a Lenten event to decry the killings of 14 farmers — killings that Davao Area Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan and other church leaders also have condemned. Gladys P. Mangiduyos has the story.
Speaking opportunity for young people at GC2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodists ages 12-35 are being sought to deliver their messages to the church at General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis. Chris Wilterdink has details on how to apply to give the Young People’s Address.
The Daily Wildcat
Migrants assisted by Tucson United Methodists
TUCSON, Ariz. — United Methodists pitched in after 120 migrants were suddenly dropped off at the Tucson bus station by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild sent a bus and some police officers to help cope with the situation.
Podcasts can be extension of pulpits
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As podcasts have soared in popularity, Christian leaders embraced them as outlets for reaching people in ways never before possible. In the Arkansas Conference, several pastors use their shows in a variety of ways: to interview people doing positive things in the world, connect believers from different faith traditions and promote ministries throughout the state. Caleb Harrington reports.
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Study launched on religious workforce
WASHINGTON — A new study of the makeup of the religious workforce across Christian traditions in the U.S. is being launched by The Lewis Center for Church Leadership at United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary. Planned for 2022 release, it will provide religious leaders with comprehensive, reliable information to help them better recruit and support clergy and lay employees.
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