General Conference
Wespath Benefits and Investments, the United Methodist pension agency, is working to prepare for whatever happens at the 2019 special General Conference. Photo by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, courtesy of Pixabay; adapted by United Methodist News Service.

Pension staff plans for possible ways forward

Accrued benefits are safe. But whatever happens in 2019, Wespath wants exiting churches to pay their fair share of pension liabilities.
Mission and Ministry
Young adults pass the collection plate during the contemporary worship at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. 2016 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: What does The United Methodist Church teach about tithing?

Tithing is commonly understood as the giving of one-tenth of one’s income for God. This standard of giving comes from several passages in Scripture.
Theology and Education
The Rev. Deepak Holkar offers greetings at Tonica United Methodist Church in Tonica, Ill., where he’s a licensed local pastor. Holkar attends Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on an Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship. The financial aid has allowed him to study full-time toward his goal of getting a Master of Divinity degree and becoming a United Methodist elder. Photo courtesy of Deepak Holkar.

Scholarship program takes aim at seminary debt

Survey shows results from financial aid provided by United Methodist coalition and Lilly Foundation.
General Church
People wait in a security screening line to enter the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. There will be no registration fees for the 2019 special General Conference. But visitors will be asked to pay $7-10 for badges required by venue security. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

GC2019 no longer needs registration fees

General Conference planners have reversed the call for $200 registration fees after finding other ways to cover costs of the special session.

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