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General Agencies
United Methodist bishops hold hands in prayer during a day of prayer for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The General Council on Finance and Administration board approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who have led more than one episcopal area since January 2021. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Extra pay approved for bishops with extra workloads

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency has approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who serve more than one episcopal area in this time of disruption.
Faith Sharing
Kayla Alexander (left), who attended First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge as a child, attended the church virtually while her family was in lockdown because of COVID-19 in Australia, where they now live. Alexander and Jamie (to her right) brought their third child Brady Alexander to Louisiana to be baptized by the Rev. Brady Whitton at First United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of Kayla Alexander.

Virtual church will continue after COVID-19

The rewards of online ministry are too rich to give up if and when the coronavirus is a thing of the past, said a pastor in Louisiana. Three stories from First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge illustrate his point.
Church Leadership
The Rev. Angela Cooley Bulhof hugs Caton Darling during a visit to his home in Lake Charles, La., to check on the progress of repairs following Hurricane Laura in 2020. Bulhof, pastor of University United Methodist Church in Lake Charles, says Louisiana has been pounded by seven hurricanes and two tropical storms since August 2020. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Stress, burnout afflicting pastors

The daily life of United Methodist pastors is getting more and more stressful, with COVID-19, racial unrest, natural disasters and a likely denominational split over sexuality taking a toll.
General Conference
The Rev. Gary Graves gives instructions to delegates during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. General Conference organizers are forming two teams to look at visas and logistics in hopes of preventing further delay of the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly after its postponement to 2024. Graves is General Conference secretary. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Effort aims to stop General Conference delays

Organizers of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly are looking at addressing the main problems that led them to postpone General Conference a third time.

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