finance

General Church
Washington Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Va., is back open after closing for two weeks in January as it searched for new insurance coverage. Washington Street was among the United Methodist churches that got higher premium notices just before Christmas from United Methodist Insurance, a subsidiary of the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Photo courtesy of Washington Street United Methodist Church.

Premium hikes have churches scrambling

Churches and conferences are unhappy about higher premium notices from United Methodist Insurance that arrived just before Christmas.
General Church
The Rev. Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai attends a Connectional Table meeting in 2015. Bigham-Tsai, who was a Connectional Table member before becoming its top executive, helped develop the recommended allocations of the 2021-24 general church budget. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Group proposes how to divide slashed budget

A Connectional Table team recommends substantial cuts for some church organizations and programs while holding the line for others in the 2021-24 church budget.
General Church
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie leads a session at the recent Texas Methodist Foundation-sponsored Courageous Leadership Initiative launch in St. Louis. Huie joined the foundation staff after retiring from the active episcopacy. Photo courtesy Texas Methodist Foundation.

From ʽchurch bank’ to change agent

The Texas Methodist Foundation has grown in assets but also influence, thanks to an extensive leadership ministry and other outreach.
Connectional Table
Connectional Table members talk about ways to strengthen relationships across all levels of the denomination. Pictured from left are the Rev. Ole Birch of Denmark, Benedita Penicela-Nhambiu of Mozambique and Michelle Hettman of the Virginia Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Leadership body says rethink budget cuts

The Connectional Table sends letter to the United Methodist finance agency, raising concerns about changes that could slash agency funding.

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