finance

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.

Some church leaders say rethink budget cuts

The Connectional Table sends letter to the United Methodist finance agency, raising concerns about changes that could slash agency funding.
Poverty
Jeru Barnabas is one of 800 women who received microfinance loans through the Empower Her project, a ministry of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande Emmanuel.

Empowering Nigerian women through microloans

The United Methodist Church in Nigeria's "Empower Her" project is helping women start small businesses to provide for their families.
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.

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