Bishop Samuel J Quire Jr. of the Liberia Conference speaks about his hopes for agricultural projects that will aid in financial stability for his churches during a video interview with UM News communicator E Julu Swen. Screenshot by UM News.

Liberian bishop: ‘Agriculture and evangelism go hand in hand’

Since elected, Bishop Samuel J Quire Jr. has emphasized the need for his churches to become more financially self-sufficient, particularly through agriculture. Quire and the director of the church's agricultural development program discuss goals in this video interview.
First United Methodist Church of Asheboro, North Carolina, is among the Lighthouse Congregations in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Such churches make clear that they are solidly United Methodist. They offer a safe, supportive place for those who want to stay in the denomination after their local church voted to disaffiliate. Photo courtesy First United Methodist Church of Asheboro.

Lighthouse Congregations offer hope amid schism

Increasingly prominent in the North Carolina and Western North Carolina conferences, Lighthouse Congregations offer a supportive place for those who want to remain United Methodist after their churches chose to leave the denomination.
Local Church
The Harbor is an online faith community for anyone finding themselves without a church home—whether that's because of turmoil, timing, life changes, health challenges, or displacement.

Online-only church plant launches

A new journey has begun in the North Georgia Conference with The Harbor United Methodist Church, the conference’s first online-only church start. The faith community is for anyone finding themselves without a church home. Preachers will vary each week, allowing worshippers to hear from a variety of North Georgia Conference voices.
Church Growth
New members of Strawbridge United Methodist Church gather with the Rev. Todd Jordan, senior pastor, for a group photo after worship on Nov. 20, 2022. The Houston-area church has seen strong growth from people wanting to stay United Methodist after their church disaffiliated. Photo courtesy of Strawbridge United Methodist Church.

Growth for some churches staying United Methodist

Certain United Methodist churches are picking up quite a few new members and regular visitors from neighboring churches that voted to leave the denomination. One such United Methodist church has doubled in worship attendance over the past year.

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