Sub-Committee Votes to End Guaranteed Appointments with Attached “Mueller Amendment”

A significant amendment was offered by Gary Mueller (North Texas Annual Conference) and perfected by the sub-committee. The amendment establishes a team of eight people to advise the bishop on the qualities needed in appointable pastors within the bounds of the annual conference. It also requires reporting to the executive committee on the Board of Ordained Ministry and accountability through the jurisdictional and conference committees on the Episcopacy.

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Church Growth
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

United Methodist clergy age study shows modest growth period has been followed by drops in the number of both men and women elders under age 35.
General Conference
The North Texas Conference voted at its Sept. 19 annual meeting to submit legislation to General Conference 2021 that would begin the process of changing the church’s Cross and Flame insignia. Logo courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Conference backs replacing Cross and Flame

North Texas Conference joins pastor in saying the insignia of The United Methodist Church is, inadvertently, racially insensitive.
Racism
The Rev. David Maldonado. Video image courtesy of IMU Latina (Iglesia Metodista Unida Latina) via YouTube by UM News.

Racism and Latinos: The wall of separation and fear

The U.S.-Mexico border wall speaks volumes about attitudes toward Latinos, and the church must do more to respond.