General Church
The parking lot of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., stands mostly empty on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Employees have worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health emergency also has caused Publishing House revenues to drop, prompting layoffs and a decision to put the headquarters up for sale. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing House among pandemic victims

With church buildings closed due to COVID-19, the United Methodist Publishing House has seen sharply lower sales and had to take severe cost-saving steps.
General Church
Moses Kumar, top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration, addresses the Nov. 14-15 meeting of GCFA board of directors held in Nashville, Tenn. Seated is the North Texas Conference’s Bishop Michael McKee, board president. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Budgeting for an uncertain future

The board of the United Methodist finance agency approved 2020 ministry budgets based on a dramatic drop in giving.
Connectional Table
Bishops Mike McKee and Christian Alsted discuss the process for voting on budget proposals during a joint meeting of the General Council on Finance and Administration board and Connectional Table in Nashville, Tenn. McKee is president of the finance agency board and Alsted is chair of the Connectional Table. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Groups approve plan to divvy up slashed budget

Two leadership bodies have approved allocations of the general church budget. However, debate arose about the budget process.
General Church
Chilima Karima and Matt Crum (standing) of United Methodist Communications instruct Roger Muzeze Tshinyemba and Francois Omanyondo Djonga in setting up their iPads during the training for Congo Central Conference communicators in Ndola, Zambia, in 2017. Agency leaders contend that a proposed 2021-24 budget cut of 37 percent is substantially more than for any other peer agency. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Commentary: Disproportionate budget cut will hurt church’s ministry

Leaders of United Methodist Communications respond to a proposed budget cut of 37 percent, contending the reductions are substantially more than for any other peer agency.

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