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Four in ten seekers would visit a UMC

by: UMC General Church


A new survey from United Methodist Communications found willingness to visit a United Methodist Church rose to 42 percent in 2019 among U.S. adults seeking more spirituality in their lives and who are aware of the denomination. That's up from 28 percent in 2017. About half of those who would be willing to visit a United Methodist church said they would definitely or probably do so in the next three months. Millennials are more likely than GenX-ers to say they would probably visit. Among those ...

Global Ministries to commission new United Methodist EarthKeepers for environmental stewardship

by: UMC General Church


North Alabama’s Rev. Adam Burns is one of the 67 new EarthKeepers to be commissioned by the General Board of Global Ministries in an online service on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. CST at  The service will affirm the EarthKeepers in their call to the ministry of creation care and will bless their work in their communities.  Commissioning online creates the opportunity for all three classes of EarthKeepers trained in 2019 to be commissioned together while minimizing ...

Discipleship Ministries produces official study guide for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” movie starring Tom Hanks

by: UMC General Church


Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The guide is designed to help groups ...

World Communion Sunday is October 6

by: UMC General Church


World Communion Sunday celebration for 2019 is October 6 this year. United Methodist Communications has assembled resources to encourage and jumpstart your congregation's celebration. They include sermon starters, talking points, bulletin inserts, videos and other resources that will help educate your congregation on the importance of supporting this churchwide special Sunday with offering. World Communion Sunday began in 1936 as a way to recognize our ecumenical oneness in Christ and to bring ...

General Conference 2020 Deadline Extended for Worship Groups and Liturgists


United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world have an opportunity to be part of the worship experience of the 2020 General Conference. Creatives may apply* to share their talents while leading the church body during The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly meeting May 5 -15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline for submission has been extended to September 15, 2019. Individuals interested in writing original liturgy for General Conference ...

GBCS members visit border, issue statement on immigration


Rev. Stephanie Arnold, a member of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), recently spent time at the U.S.-Mexico border. Here are her insights and a video of her impressions of that experience. I had the privilege to be part of a delegation from the General Board of Church and Society in an immersion experience on the Texas/Mexico southern border at the end of October. This visit took place prior to our annual GBCS board meeting. Throughout the trip we heard, “We need more eyes ...

Hymnal Revision Committee Seeks New Material


The Liturgical Resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The collection of liturgical and music resources will be presented to the 2024 General Conference for approval. While all worship-related resources are welcome at any time, the Committee particularly invites the submission of resources for the following between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019:  Baptism  Confirmation  Renewal of ...

Judicial Council hearings to be accessible via livestream


The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland. All of the oral hearings will take place on October 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time) – which is six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. The hearings will be open to the public and broadcast on the denomination’s website,, as well as via Facebook at ...

Courageous Conversations resources from Discipleship Ministries help congregations discuss Commission on a Way Forward plans


United Methodist congregations can face potentially difficult discussions about plans submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward by using resources available from the Courageous Conversations project at Discipleship Ministries.   The commission’s three plans, which will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, offer ways to move the denomination past its decades-long struggle with issues around LGBTQ.   “So how do we have conversations about the plans so that ...

GBHEM Scholarships help seminary students avoid debt and feel church’s commitment


Divinity students who receive Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarships from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) not only avoid accumulating thousands of dollars in debt, but also gain confidence in their ability to complete seminary and in the United Methodist Church’s commitment to their ministry. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 199 Master of Divinity students received $1,632.500 from the scholarship program, with individual award amounts ranging from $2,500 to ...

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