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May - June 2013

A church for the ages: vibrant, vital, intentionally intergenerational

Intergenerational ministry is one of the core experiences the church can offer to an increasingly fragmented world, according to church experts. Read More

Elder financial abuse

A growing problem for the expanding senior population, statistics released in 2012 called it the third most common form of elder abuse after neglect and physical abuse. Read More

Explore Ordained Ministry This Fall

Registration is open now for Exploration 2013, a three-day event for young adults ages 18-26 to hear, discern and respond to God's call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts... Read More

Family Church: Church members ‘go home’ to worship

One Sunday morning in May 2012, 7-year-old Lindsay Cabrie and her family did not go to church. Instead, they worshipped at home, as did more than 1,800 others from Good Shepherd United... Read More

First Thoughts: Boomers, Millennials and the God of New Creation

My hunch is that the Millennials will reshape the church and faithful living in ways that cannot be foretold at this time. Read More

Four constitutional amendments now before annual conferences

The 130 annual conferences in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Philippines and the United States are being asked to ratify four proposed amendments to the United Methodist Constitution. Read More

Heritage Sunday: A sacred past, a promising future

The Discipline states, "Heritage Sunday calls the Church to remember the past by committing itself to the continuing call of God." Read More

INM update: Even with malaria death rate halved, much more to be done

When The United Methodist Church launched Imagine No Malaria in April 2010, children in sub-Saharan Africa were dying at the rate of one every 30 seconds. Now, a person dies of malaria... Read More

Intergenerational Ministries - To spark your thinking

Intergenerational ministries is among the 2013-16 emphases of the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries. Read More

Intergenerational Ping-Pong

On most Thursday evenings, people walking through First United Methodist Church in Portland, Ore., will hear the sound of people playing Ping-Pong in the gym. Read More

Media Matters: ‘Drive Time Devotionals’ make car a sacred space

To Susan Elswick, driving time is sacred. It's the time when her three kids are stuck in one spot instead of running around her house, doing homework or playing sports. Read More

Peace with Justice Grants

United Methodists in Columbus, Ohio's Hilltop community are using a 2012 Peace with Justice grant to help change the culture of conflict and violence that plagues their neighborhood. Read More

Philippine Bishops: Veteran, new bishops leading in Philippines

The three episcopal areas of the Philippines Central Conference have new leadership following elections in Bayombong late in December. Read More

Plan your own leadership training

Six hour-long webinars on topics ranging from prayer to generational trends to adult faith will be sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship in the coming weeks. Read More

Pumpkin Patches: Fun ministry raises mission funds

For churches considering adding a pumpkin patch to their ministry, the time to start preparing is now! Read More

Reflections: Think about future

Think about future; Loved the issue; Lack of detail disappointed; Appreciating the season Read More

School for Congregational Development

Clergy and laity from both new congregations and established churches seeking to create new places for new people can register now for the 2013 School of Congregational Development Aug. 15-18 in... Read More

When someone asks, ‘Pray for me ...’

Bishop Ken Carter and others discussed intercessory prayer in a webinar that originally aired on May 16, 2013. Access the archived program, 'Pray for Me: Intercessory Prayer Part' at www.umc.org... Read More

Young and Old: The Fabricated Divide

Young friends are doing incredible works, which are transforming lives. However, when I look at how my faith has developed, I think of a few older Christians. Read More