North Texas Annual Conference

Evangelism
The Rev. Casey Turner baptizes a man trying to overcome addiction at the Breaking Bonds Ministries campus in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Breaking Bonds Ministries.

Successful evangelism includes trusting the call

2019 Denman Award winners the Revs. Casey Turner and Thacker Haynes talk about ministries to people addicted to drugs and alcohol and a rodeo team at a Texas college.
General Church
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, left, greets the Rev. Joey Heath-Mason immediately after ordaining him as a full elder. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Court docket reflects busy conference season

Decisions of law by bishops, conference requests for rulings and two decision requests by the Council of Bishops are on the United Methodist Judicial Council’s fall agenda.
General Church
Christine Dodson asks a question at the General Council on Finance and Administration board meeting on July 18 in Dallas. Dodson serves as vice president of GCFA’s board and is treasurer of the North Carolina Conference. She and fellow board members discussed reduced giving across the church since General Conference 2019, a contentious event that underscored the church’s divisions over how accepting to be of homosexuality. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Apportionment collection rates down after GC2019

Denomination’s finance agency reports declines in giving through June across the seven general church funds.
General Church
The Rev. Jane Graner wipes away tears after her June 3 ordination as an elder in the North Texas Conference. Graner, 57, is openly gay. Church law prohibits ordination of “self-avowed practicing” homosexuals, but conference officials noted her single status and said she qualified for ordination. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

North Texas Conference ordains openly gay pastor

The Rev. Jane Graner, 57, and a lesbian but not ‘practicing,’ achieves dream she’s had since high school.

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