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With some congregations considering leaving The United Methodist Church or just wondering about its future, Ask The UMC offers a series of questions and answers to help clear up some common misperceptions or misinformation around disaffiliation. Graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Is The United Methodist Church really... ? (Part 5)

Do we have to choose between The UMC and the GMC? What happens if an elected delegate disaffiliates?
Local Church
Kids helped make baked goods as volunteers from Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church in Hampden, Me., completed 24 mission projects in it's own community during Raya (neighbor) Mission Week. Photo courtesy of the New England Conference.

Church takes mission trip into its own community

Inspired by a United Methodist church in Pennsylvania, Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church in Hampden, Me., set out to do mission projects to assist its neighbors, completing 24 projects, nine more than originally planned. The New England Conference has the story.
Local Church
After a devastating fire, many believed Zion United Methodist Church's sanctuary in Las Vegas, Ar., had closed but the church in partnership with Energy Tree, focused on implementing urban agriculture. Graphic by UM News.

Garden ministry grows out of fire's ashes

The burning of Zion United Methodist Church's sanctuary in Las Vegas, Ar., stoked a new fire for ministry and renewal. The historically Black congregation, in partnership with Energy Tree, has developed a renowned community garden — an oasis in the desert.
Church Growth
The Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck. Photo courtesy of the author.

Kedging our way toward a hopeful future

The Holy Spirit is inspiring a rise in “fresh expressions of church” that offer innovative settings for engaging followers of Christ.

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