Church Leadership

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 Church
United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 2018, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country. 2018 file photo courtesy of Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries.

Finding strength in the worldwide church family

After a decade of service, Thomas Kemper leaves the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries with stronger international ties.
Social Concerns
Panelists discuss Methodism’s record on race during a livestreamed denominational town hall meeting. The gathering was moderated by Erin Hawkins (bottom right) of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. Panelists included (clockwise from bottom left): Alison Collis Greene, The Revs. Alfred T. Day III, William Bobby McClain and Lisa Dellinger. UM News screenshot via YouTube.

Unsnarling US and church racial history

Town hall explored Methodism’s complicated and sometimes suppressed record on race to help United Methodists turn away from past sins.
Local Church
The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell leads a Bible study at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston in 2011. Caldwell pleaded guilty in federal court on March 11, 2020, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He has surrendered his clergy credentials but as he awaits sentencing remains on staff at Windsor Village and will preach there occasionally as a lay preacher. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Caldwell still on staff, preaching after guilty plea

Former Houston megachurch pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell awaits sentencing but remains a lay preacher and staff member at Windsor Village United Methodist.

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