"What we're trying to do is get the local church to understand that on its own behalf and certainly for the benefit of the denomination, it has to grow, and it can only grow with investments." - Donald R. House, who is leading a pilot project for church growth.
United Methodists must 'invest in growth'
BRYAN, Texas (UMNS) - Economist and active United Methodist Donald R. House has created a plan to reverse U.S. membership and financial decline in The United Methodist Church. House says his research shows that if the churches invest the amount he recommends, they will by 2021 grow enough to reverse the denomination's downward trajectory in worship attendance in the United States.
Next FBI director is a United Methodist
WASHINGTON (UMNS) - James B. Comey Jr., confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has an extensive rsum in the justice system and law enforcement. He also brings experience as a United Methodist Sunday school teacher. Neill Caldwell of the Virginia Annual (regional) Conference has the story.
Church has big presence at Scouts' Jamboree
MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church provided vital lay and clergy leaders for the Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree on July 15-24 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Larry Coppock, United Methodist Men's national director of Scouting ministries, shares the story.
Judicial Council updates October docket
BALTIMORE (UMNS) - The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination's top court, has added four items to the docket for its meeting Oct. 23-26 in Baltimore. The additional cases regard rulings of law in the Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference.
Learning makes for happy campers
BROOMFIELD, Conn. (UMNS) - At math camp at Broomfield United Methodist Church, students skipped into the chapel to sing math songs and catch a story from Spellbinders storyteller Dan Keenan. It was all part of a jump-start program to keep kids on target in reading and math. Two area churches donate space for the camps.
A week in the life of Project Transformation
ANTIOCH, Tenn. (UMNS) - Project Transformation, a new Tennessee Annual (regional) Conference ministry, collaborates with local churches to engage young adults in ministry exploration and provide summer enrichment programs for at-risk children and youth. The Tennessee Conference reports on a week in the life of one intern, Christine Lang.
Jackie Robinson and evangelism
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (UMNS) - Evangelism is not just about sharing the Gospel; it's also about taking down roadblocks, barriers and prejudices to welcome people into life in Christ. The Rev. Frederick G. Outlaw sees an analogy in the work facing today's United Methodist Church and the story of Jackie Robinson, the Methodist who broke the modern-eracolor line of Major League Baseball. He is the director of discipleship and ethnic ministries in the Alabama-West Florida Annual (regional) Conference.
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