General Agencies

Judicial Council

Memorandum addresses conference’s withdrawal

The Judicial Council also released another ruling on Aug. 23 dealing with the vote by the Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference to move from The United Methodist Church to the Global Methodist Church.
Judicial Council
The Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council — The United Methodist Church’s top court — for clarity on how Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline should be applied. Quill by Gordon Johnson, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church court clarifies property-transfer rules

The Judicial Council ruled that a much-debated church law can only be used to deed and transfer church property to another denomination with which The United Methodist Church has an existing agreement. No such agreement exists with a new breakaway denomination that launched this year.
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The General Council on Finance and Administration board at its online meeting Aug. 19 designated how to use proceeds from the sale of the agency’s headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. The agency staff members are moving into the nearby Harry Denman Building, which is also home to Discipleship Ministries and the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Grappling with mixed news on giving, church exits

Board members of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency discussed the potential impact of rising church disaffiliations even as they celebrated an uptick in giving and the sale of the agency’s building.
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United Methodist bishops hold hands in prayer during a day of prayer for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The General Council on Finance and Administration board approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who have led more than one episcopal area since January 2021. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Extra pay approved for bishops with extra workloads

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency has approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who serve more than one episcopal area in this time of disruption.

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