Indiana Annual Conference

Local Church
A view of the Granger, Ind., campus of Granger Community Church, which has left The United Methodist Church. It has been one of the denomination’s largest and best-attended churches, but leaders wanted to control who would be the next pastor. Photo courtesy of Granger Community Church.

Indiana megachurch leaves denomination

Granger Community Church, wanting to choose its own pastor, agrees to pay about $2.6 million to Indiana Conference.
Mission and Ministry
Custodian James Jimmerson disinfects the chancel area 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 is recorded in the chapel. Bishops are setting guidelines, including standards for cleaning, and recommending what they think are appropriate times for the churches in their conference to reopen. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches practice caution before reopening

United Methodist bishops are setting guidelines and recommending times for the churches in their conference to reopen — recommendations that are not necessarily the same as what their state governments are allowing.
General Church
A file photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Coyner, unifier of people, dies

The United Methodist bishop successfully oversaw the merger that formed the Indiana Conference. He also strove for a big-tent Methodism.
Local Church
Sen. Richard Lugar (right) and University of Indianapolis president Robert Manuel announce the planned launch of the United Methodist-related school’s Richard G. Lugar Academy. Lugar, a long-time member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, died April 28, 2019. File photo courtesy of the University of Indianapolis.

Faith laid foundation for Lugar's public service

Former U.S. senator from Indiana, who died April 28, was a committed United Methodist.

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