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Mark Deshon leads the emphasis on Wesleyan discipleship at Newark United Methodist Church in Delaware. Photo courtesy of  Mark Deshon

General Rule of Discipleship leads to disciplined life

Being held accountable in small groups for keeping the Rule of Discipleship can shape the lives of United Methodist Christians. Read More

Change: It’s constant

Changes in the roles of laity and women and the relationships between majority and minority ethnic groups have shaped today's United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. and Richlain K. Quire.

New bishop elected for Liberia

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. is the newest member of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and leader of the Liberia Annual Conference. Read More

Bishop Torio - re-election - 2016 Phiippines

Three bishops re-elected in the Philippines

United Methodists in the Philippines have re-elected three bishops as their episcopal leaders for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. Read More

One Matters Award to Lander UMC

Outreach, willingness to change common threads for One Matters churches

Discipleship Ministries in 2016 recognized 80 United Methodist churches for remarkable gains in baptisms, professions of faith and disciple making. Each of the churches received a One Matters Discipleship Award. Read More

Bishops’ executive committee affirms unity, moves forward

Meeting in Chicago July 19-20, the United Methodist Council of Bishops' executive committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a... Read More

Consecration of Bishop Sharma Lewis

U.S. bishops begin new assignments

Most of the 15 United Methodist clergy elected as bishops in the United States in mid-July are now settling into new homes and preparing for official welcomes and installations within their... Read More

Campus ministers provide a critical link

It is a fitting analogy for an Olympic year, but the Rev. Mary Haggard, pastor to the Wesley Foundation at the University of Delaware, thinks of herself as the second... Read More

Preaching to the congregation of Urban Abbey, a United Methodist congregation meeting in a coffee shop in Omaha, Nebraska, is the Rev. Debra McKnight. Photo courtesy of Urban Abbey. This has been cropped from the original by United Methodist Communications.

Grants Help Churches Get Noticed

For more than a decade, new United Methodist congregations have had the opportunity to apply for a new church start grant from United Methodist Communications. Read More

GBCS Intern - Movfagh

Intern memories: Linking social justice with theology, spirituality-Rev. Hilde Marie Ogreid Movafagh

An internship with United Methodist Board of Church and Society provided Norwegian pastor with new perspective on social justice and social holiness. Read More