Korean Ministry Plan Wins Continuation

A move to continue the Korean American National Plan was overwhelmingly approved May 5 by the United Methodist General Conference.

"I have been a United Methodist pastor for 22 years, but this is probably the year I will most remember," said the Rev. Brandon Cho, director of the plan. "This is the year of working together as one team. The Korean National Plan is not just an ethnocentric plan for the Korean community, it is everyone’s ministry in the United Methodist Church."

Developers of the five ethnic initiatives of the church proposed to the General Conference worked together as a team and supported each other’s plans. The plans are:

  • Native American Comprehensive Plan
  • Asian American Language Ministry
  • Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
  • Korean American National Plan
  • National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry

By a vote of 870 to 42, the conference approved continuing the Korean plan with a budget of $3.2 million, which is included in the budget of the Board of Global Ministries.

In other action the conference also approved continuing the Asian American Language Ministry Study with a budget of $1.6 million and the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry with a budget of $3.8 million. Funds for those initiatives are also included in the budget for the Board of Global Ministries.

*Gilbert is a staff writer for United Methodist News Service.

News media contact: (412) 325-6080 during General Conference, April 27-May 7.

After May 10: (615) 742-5470.


Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

UMNEWS-SUBSCRIPTION
General Church
Northwest Texas Conference voters pray for the conference’s 14-member transition team appointed by Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to educate voters about their options under a proposed plan of denominational separation heading to the coming General Conference. During the Aug. 13-14 Northwest Texas Annual Conference meeting in Lubbock, Texas, voters signaled their hope for the conference to move to a new denomination under the plan. Photo courtesy of the Northwest Texas Conference.

Conference signals its plans post-separation

The Northwest Texas Conference passed a nonbinding resolution indicating aspirations to join a new traditionalist Methodist church under a proposed protocol for separation.
General Church
As organizers of the United Methodist General Conference look to the possibility of an in-person session in 2022, the new strain presents new challenges. Coronavirus image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Virus bedevils General Conference planning

After two postponements, organizers continue working to hold the United Methodist lawmaking assembly next year. However, the delta variant presents new challenges.
Bishops
With increased giving and reduced expenses, the Episcopal Fund that supports bishops’ work is in better shape. The General Council on Finance and Administration board voted to give bishops their first raise in three years, but the board still sees challenges ahead for the fund. General Council on Finance and Administration episcopal services department graphic, courtesy of GCFA.

Funding for bishops improves but still shaky

With increased giving and cost savings from retirements, the fund that supports United Methodist bishops is in better shape. Financial leaders approved the bishops’ first raise in three years.