“There is a firm foundation. It’s grace. But grace is always God’s unfinished agenda in every one of us. I own that for myself.” — Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Bishops called to ‘scriptural imagination’
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) — At a time of great stress and uncertainty in the church, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. urged his fellow bishops to trust God and use “scriptural imagination” to lead. Heather Hahn reports on Carter’s first address as Council of Bishops president.
WCA plans new Methodist movement
MARIETTA, Ga. (UMNS) — The Wesleyan Covenant Association began working on a contingency plan for creating a new Methodist movement — in or outside the denomination. The plan depends on decisions made at the 2019 General Conference. Kathy L. Gilbert and Thomas Kim report.
Gauging the Way Forward’s impact on mission
ATLANTA (UMNS) — No matter what next year’s General Conference decides about the future of The United Methodist Church, agencies and other churchwide initiatives will feel some impact. Heather Hahn reports on a Connectional Table panel.
Judicial Council sets special session
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider five petitions deferred from its fall meeting during a Feb. 19-26 special session. The session will begin just before the denomination’s special General Conference, which will meet Feb. 23-26 at the America’s Center Convention Complex. Linda Bloom reports.
College students listen for God’s call
LANSING, Mich. — EncounterMICall, funded through The United Methodist Church’s Young Clergy Initiative, allows Michigan’s young people to gain experience and skills for ministry. Kay DeMoss reports on how the program is helping students discern their gifts.
Board of Global Ministries
Mission initiative in Vietnam in transition
ATLANTA — The United Methodist Mission Initiative in Vietnam is working through challenges in transition because a retired missionary-pastor, who has surrendered his ministerial credentials, is attempting to lead Vietnamese United Methodists into a separate denomination he is trying to organize.
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