Church Building

Evangelism
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda (center) helps rededicate the Yanda village United Methodist church, south of Kindu, Congo. Some 12 churches in the area have been renovated with more weatherproof materials with help from Martin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church in the U.S. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Rebuilding straw churches in eastern Congo

So far, more than 12 churches have been renovated or rebuilt with stronger materials, so worshippers no longer have to worry about weather.
Evangelism
Maimouna Diaby, 18, learns to sew in a class at Canaan United Methodist Church in Mbour, Senegal. The church is part of two mission initiatives in Senegal and Cameroon that will join the Côte d’Ivoire Conference. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Two mission initiatives to join Côte d’Ivoire

With the addition of Senegal and Cameroon, the Côte d'Ivoire Conference will have 27 districts.
Local Church
This is Burley Middle School in Charlottesville, Va., where the nondenominational church Mission Charlottesville meets on Sundays. UM News photo.

New Charlottesville church draws suspicions

Pastors of nearby churches claim a new church plant is associated with traditionalist United Methodist-connected organizations and is intended to compete with them. Representatives for the organizations deny this, as do church leaders.
General Church
The Rev. Nyenda Okoko (center), a district superintendent, leads a procession of church members as they welcome visitors to Oye United Methodist Church, south of Kindu, Congo, in October 2015. Providing exact membership numbers is difficult in a denomination that spans multiple countries, languages and cultural understandings of church membership. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

How accurate are church membership numbers?

Denominational membership data comes with uncertainty. There are very good reasons why.

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