Discipleship Ministries

General Agencies
Spring flowers bloom in a farm field near Ashland City, Tenn., in 2020. Agencies of The United Methodist Church are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Agencies set greenhouse gas emissions goal

Most United Methodist general agencies are committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a goal announced on Earth Day.
Local Church
United Methodists and guests celebrate the life of the Rev. Junius B. Dotson during a March 6 service at Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, died Feb. 25 at age 55. Photo courtesy of Discipleship Ministries.

Dotson remembered for seeing all the people

At a service streamed around the globe, United Methodists celebrated the life and faith of the Discipleship Ministries executive who touched many across the denomination.
General Church
The Rev. Junius B. Dotson records a segment of the “Soul Reset” study series for the Upper Room at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn., in 2019. Dotson, the top executive of Discipleship Ministries, died Feb. 25, 2021. He was 55. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Discipleship's top executive dies of cancer

United Methodists of varying views remember the Rev. Junius B. Dotson as a leader committed to Christ and a protocol negotiator hopeful about the church’s future.
General Church
The Discipleship Ministries office in Nashville, Tenn., is being renovated to be better equipped for use post-COVID-19. Although the staff is primarily working at home, the building is being used for small staff meetings as well as a daily prayer broadcast from the Upper Room Chapel. The 13 agencies of The United Methodist Church are facing budget cutbacks among uncertainty around a potential schism. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

General agencies cutting back

Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions.

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