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Bishops of The United Methodist Church provide spiritual leadership to more than 11 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Historically, bishops preside over Annual and Central Conferences (regional areas of the church). They play an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world.

On this site you can meet your bishop and learn about the many ways United Methodists are in ministry in your community and around the world.
 Feature Stories
GCFA seeks special General Conference session

The denomination’s financial agency is asking the Council of Bishops to call a special session of General Conference to address funding pensions for United States clergy and reorganization of its 40-year-old structure.
The Churchwide Appeal for Philippines Disasters

In September and October, 2009, four powerful typhoons hit the Philippines, causing widespread devastation. At least 1,000 people were killed, and thousands more were displaced because of flooding and landslides.

77 bishops urge troop pullout from Afghanistan 77 bishops urge troop pullout from Afghanistan

As President Barack Obama considers new military strategy for Afghanistan, at least 77 United Methodist bishops are praying he will withdraw troops by the end of 2010.
Bishop Palmer encourages support of CCPI Bishop Palmer encourages support of CCPI

The Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) launched in 2006 to raise $20 million for short-term relief and to enable the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits to develop pension programs in the central conferences. To date $18 million has been raised—and pilot projects are underway in Liberia and Mozambique.
 Recent News
Bishops seek younger church membership by 2019
Bishops' letter pledges to protect God's creation
United Methodist bishops urged to do soul check
Bishop Eugene M. Frank, social activist, dies at 101
South Central Jurisdiction will realign in 2012
Bishop calls for end to payday loans
Statement on the U.S. Immigration Situation
Bishops roll back wages in sign of sacrifice
Bishops launch Rethink Church with worker outreach
Be not afraid of swine flu, bishops say
Bishop Palmer offers vision for areas of focus
Bishop Ole Borgen dies at 83


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