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Mission and Ministry
Church leaders say some of the responses to the coronavirus pandemic might help point the way to the future. Virus illustration courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 could push the church toward change

Church leaders guiding their flocks through the coronavirus pandemic say some of the responses to the emergency might help point the way to the future.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist Strengthening The Black Church For The Twenty-First Century in partnership with Discipleship Ministries held its first virtual summit with advice to help churches “survive now and beyond COVID-19.” African Americans are dying at a higher rate from COVID-19 than any other ethnic group in the United States. Artwork courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Church leaders urge African Americans to stay healthy, survive

Black leaders in The United Methodist Church issue call to action for their communities to take COVID-19 guidelines seriously.
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.

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