Discipleship Ministries

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.
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, told his staff and board on Jan. 28 that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but intends to continue to serve as he fights the disease. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Discipleship’s top executive battles cancer

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson told staff that he would continue to work as he fights the disease. Dotson has been a leader in negotiations about The United Methodist Church’s future.

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