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Featured: January - February 2015

January - February 2015

Louisiana Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey prays with young adults considering God’s call to ordained ministry during Exploration 2013 in Denver.

Church makes developing young leaders a priority

Blaine Wilson admits his call to ministry was "a little unique." The Sioux Falls, South Dakota., resident confessed that his "calling" was never really his idea. It was a call... Read More

Seattleites stand up for their convictions

Valley & Mountain United Methodist Fellowship created a new church holiday. "Turning Tables Monday," the Monday of Holy Week, commemorates Jesus' cleansing of the Temple. Read More

A flood mitigation team from Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church serves after the major floods ravaged parts of northern Colorado in 2013

Spotlight – A Vital Congregation People ‘live out their passion’ at Colorado church

In order to become a member of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colo., you first must participate in a 10-week discipleship class. Read More

Young participants wear matching T-shirts and smiles during HopeFest at First United Methodist Church, Sikeston, Mo.

Missouri church boosts community outreach

For four years, First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, Mo., has annually hosted three communitywide events to strengthen the congregation's outreach. Read More

The Chancel Choir is one of many musical ministry opportunities for members of Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, Ind.

College-town church embraces, shares music

Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville, Ind., is a midsized congregation with a heart for worship enhanced by its love of congregational singing, both a cappella and well-accompanied by... Read More

Pictured (left to right) are Moses Kumar, Michael Daniel, Bobby Smith and the Rev. Stephen Handy, pastor, McKendree United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tenn.

McKendree’s homeless outreach connects hearts

Ministry with the homeless has been part of McKendree for more than 30 years. Read More

Light and Life United Methodist Church, Tacloban City, Philippines

Light and Life Church hopes to rise from typhoon

The congregation of Light and Life United Methodist Church in Tacloban City, Philippines, offers witness that two typhoons within less than a year can batter buildings, but not spirits. Read More

The Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill (left) speaks with Emile Uwimana, a resident of Hope House who fled his home in Burundi and is seeking asylum in the United States.

HopeGateWay builds a faith community in Maine

The Revs. Allen and Sarah Ewing-Merrill, co-pastors of HopeGateWay, A United Methodist Community, moved to the area in 2007 with a dream of forming a new ministry. The church sprang from... Read More

Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church member Robin Sorrell volunteers at Merrick-Moore Elementary School in Durham, N.C.

Outreach breathes new life into congregation

Finding itself aging and out of touch with its neighborhood, the 250-member church in Durham, N.C., decided to open its doors to area children and reach out to the... Read More

The Petersons — Chris, holding Taylor, 4, and Jenny, with Harper, 1 — are active members of First United Methodist Church, Rowlett, Texas.

Texas church builds disciples of all ages

First United Methodist Church, a vital congregation, in Rowlett, Texas, expects every person, young and old, to grow in faith. Read More

Women from Eden Prairie United Methodist Church in Minnesota gather vegetables from the garden.

Fresh, locally grown produce helps changing community

It was all so that people in the changing Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie could eat. Read More

Although only a small percentage of Danes are regular churchgoers, the pews at Jerusalemskirken United Methodist are often full.

Danish United Methodist church values global ties

In Denmark, where only 2 percent of the population regularly attends church, every United Methodist congregation must be "vital." Read More

Guitarist Susan Daicoff and singer Cheryl Metcalfe, both members of CrossRoads United Methodist Church, Phoenix, entertain at a local farmer's market.

CrossRoads Church bridges cultures in Phoenix

Rather than focusing on a Spanish-language service that reaches first-generation immigrants, CrossRoads United Methodist Church in Phoenix decided to reach second-generation children and adults. Read More

‘Tutti’ gathers young adults in the East Village

Spotlight: A Vital Congregation ‘Tutti' gathers young adults in the East Village On a cold evening in New York's East Village, more than two dozen young people share... Read More

The Rev. Jairios Mafondokoto (left) and the Rev. Kelvin Mwandira are interviewed by Eveline Chikwanah in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe pastor: ‘I have traveled far, and so has the church’

In Zimbabwe 40 years ago, a bicycle was the only way to travel from one United Methodist congregation to another. The Rev. Jairos Mafondokoto and his fellow graduates each received a... Read More

The Rev. Sory Abraham Dosso (right) prepares to join the celebration following the baptism of one of his congregants.

Answering call puts life, faith in harmony

In a country where Islam is the primary religion, the road to Christianity can be paved with anguish and persecution. The Rev. Sory Abraham Dosso of Côte d'Ivoire knows... Read More

The Rev. David deSilva

When prayers seem unanswered ...

When prayers seem to go unanswered, it can be discouraging. It can make people want to give up on God. But the Rev. Adam Hamilton suggests that this doesn't have... Read More

Making ‘worldwide’ be more than geography

Committees are working to identify essential components of the Book of Discipline to propose a process for developing a version that can be used worldwide to the 2016 General Conference. Read More

Bishop John Schol (left) talks with Bishop Daniel Arichea (center) and Bishop Rodolfo Juan of the Philippines. Juan leads the Manila Episcopal Area where monthly class-meeting style groups for district superintendents are contributing to vitality.

Intentionality paves way for vitality

Team Vital, a two-year, peer-learning experience led by the Council of Bishops and coordinated by the denomination's Discipleship Ministries (General Board of Discipleship) with support from various other United Methodist... Read More

Betty Katiyo

Visions of Unity

Interpreter invited a number of people across The United Methodist Church to submit brief essays describing a unified United Methodist Church. Read More