Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference

Young People
Members of the young adult group of First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Ill., gather together after a worship service on June 13. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UM News.

Laity leadership revitalizes church’s young adult ministry

Instead of relying on a pastor to oversee its young adult ministry, First Korean United Methodist Church in Wheeling, Illinois, entrusted it to a devoted and committed volunteer layperson with a calling and vision.
Mission and Ministry
Workers with the church’s Department of Community Services load supplies onto a vehicle to deliver to rural Liberia. The food relief — supported by UMCOR and other global partners — is part of the efforts of The United Methodist Church’s Anti COVID-19 Taskforce. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight

UMCOR and other church partners provide support to church’s Anti COVID-19 Taskforce as country sees spike in cases.
Mission and Ministry
Custodian James Jimmerson disinfects pews to prevent any possible spread of the coronavirus at Belmont United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday, May 10, 2020, after online worship, which was recorded in the sanctuary. As churches consider returning to in-person worship, cleaning measures are one of many factors leaders will need to consider. “I believe my job, my part in this, is to make sure people are safe in here,” Jimmerson said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches have much to consider before reopening

As many states’ shelter-in-place orders are being lifted, churches contemplate how — or whether — to return to in-person worship.
General Church
The Rev. Bob Phillips. Photo by Timothy H. Wright.

Commentary: 'Cooperation without compromise' in a conflicted church

A retired Naval chaplain argues that just as military chaplains must know their ethical boundaries, so must United Methodists.

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