United Methodist Church

Evangelism
World Methodist Evangelism, which celebrates 50 years of ministry this year, is finding new ways to do its work in the realities of a global pandemic. One such initiative is a prayer and fasting program that connects about 1,500 Methodists from around the world via Facebook. Photo by Viktor Forgacs, courtesy of Unsplash.com.

Supporting Wesleyan evangelism amid pandemic

In this time of global pandemic, World Methodist Evangelism continues its 50 years of work equipping people to share Christ’s love across continents.
Local Church
The Rev. Paula Smith (second from left) steadies a cart while volunteers Tim Morgan (in green T-shirt) and Richard Wilson load box lunches for distribution at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. A new study by Gammon Theological Seminary explores the pandemic’s impact on Black United Methodist churches and leaders. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Research shows Black churches’ resilience

Gammon Theological Seminary president lauds innovation and adaptability of Black United Methodist congregations in coping with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.
General Church
As organizers of the United Methodist General Conference look to the possibility of an in-person session in 2022, the new strain presents new challenges. Coronavirus image courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Virus bedevils General Conference planning

After two postponements, organizers continue working to hold the United Methodist lawmaking assembly next year. However, the delta variant presents new challenges.
General Church
The choir of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Ariz., sings "Jesus at the Center" during opening worship of the online special session of the Western Jurisdiction on July 17. Both the Western Jurisdiction and Southeastern Jurisdiction have held special sessions in recent days and taken up questions that affect the church’s future. Screengrab courtesy of the Western Jurisdiction via Zoom by UM News.

2 jurisdictions plan for church future

The United Methodist Southeastern Jurisdiction approved the union of two annual conferences, and the Western Jurisdiction looked at the role of bishops.

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