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General Church
Bishops process into worship on Feb. 24, 2019, at the special General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis. Bishops and other church leaders are looking at options to prevent bishops’ funding from going into the red. File photo by Paul Jeffrey for UM News.

What goes into funding the bishops?

United Methodist leaders are looking to shore up bishops’ funding, which is in danger of going into the red in the next four years.
Poverty
David Idikwu, left, and Phil Slicker load groceries into the car of a client at The Shepherd’s Market, a ministry of St. John's United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La. Idikwu and Slicker, members of the church, volunteer at the twice-weekly food pantry. Photo by the Rev. Lane Cotton Winn.

Coronavirus exacerbates economic, racial disparities

The ongoing economic effects from the coronavirus are disastrous for people who were already struggling, particularly racial and ethnic communities. Churches are trying to fill the need, even while many struggle themselves.
General Church
The Paycheck Protection Program is a U.S. government loan program designed to help small businesses and nonprofits keep their workers on the payroll. More than 740 United Methodist entities have received loans of at least $150,000. Coronavirus image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; money image by Gerd Altmann, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Millions in federal dollars boost ministries

The U.S. Paycheck Protection Program threw a lifeline to hundreds of United Methodist ministries, but finances remain a concern.
Global Health
The Rev. Michelle Wilson offers sack lunches from the door of the church van as part of the Hands of Hope food security program at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church received a Sheltering in Love grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief that has enabled it to expand existing food security ministries with seniors and persons experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

In trying times, churches extend their reach

Grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief allow churches to expand programs, increase capacity during pandemic.

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