New church bridges ages in college town

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Evangelism
Members gather at the newly built Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Murehe, Burundi. The church, which has 7,300 members, can now hold 3,000 people for Sunday worship. The previous church held only 300 people, and the congregation often held services and revivals beneath a tree on the church grounds. Photo by Pepi Mbabaye, UM News.

New church expands reach in Burundi

Saint Paul United Methodist Church can now hold 3,000, compared to the 300 the old church could accommodate.
General Church
Kevin Dunn presents an overview of U.S. United Methodist membership data to the General Council on Finance and Administration board during its Nov. 15 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. He is the agency’s director of data services. Among the bright spots he pointed to was the church’s growth in Hispanic and multiracial members. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

US dips below majority of membership

United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the U.S.
General Church
Eight bishops sign statement calling for “vibrant and missionally effective Wesleyan movement.” Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Group of bishops calling for ‘deeper conversations’

Eight active and retired United Methodist bishops released a statement calling for the church to be open to new expressions of Methodist witness.