Central Conferences

The Rev. Paul Nyagomo (left), pastor in charge of four United Methodist churches in the Marange District, visits with 79-year-old Agness Takodza in Mutare City, Zimbabwe, after delivering her medication. Seated with Takodza are her grandchildren, Nomsa (6) and Lessley (7), and Gift Takodza. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Motorbikes keep pastors moving during COVID-19

Donations help rural pastors in Zimbabwe stay safe as they conduct vital ministries during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mission and Ministry
The portable “UMC Cyber Campus Offline” hotspot device provides digitalized educational materials to areas without internet access. Photo by the Rev. HiRho Park, United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Educating church leaders without internet access

Church’s new offline cyber-campus program provides digital resources to clergy and laity in remote regions of the Philippines.
General Church
Delegates pause for prayer at the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. A group of 2020 General Conference delegates and other church leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines is proposing a new form of unity. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delegates offer proposal for church unity

United Methodist leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines are offering a “Christmas Covenant” and inviting others to sign on.
General Church
Bishop Harald Rückert of Germany announces the support of bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines for the proposed U.S. regional conference. He made the announcement toward the end of the Nov. 3-6 Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Bishops’ group backs US regional conference

Bishops from Africa, Europe and the Philippines announced support for the proposed new structure for U.S. decision-making.

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