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Survey, still under way, shows satisfaction with orders of ministry

3/6/2006

By Vicki Brown* NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Isolation, itinerancy, guaranteed appointments and the need for better evaluation of the effectiveness of pastors are among concerns lifted from a survey examining ministry in the United Methodist Church. More than 550 survey respondents indicate that although there are issues surrounding ministry, people are largely satisfied with the orders of ministry the denomination established in 1996. "I sense a feeling that it's time to get together and move on ...


Age poses no barrier for Katrina relief workers

3/2/2006

By John Gordon* Click here to see the video version of this story. OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (UMNS) - Aubrey Smith laced up his work boots under a cloudy Mississippi sky. He could have been home enjoying his favorite pastimes, fishing or playing golf. Instead, he traveled 400 miles to aid families whose homes were destroyed and whose lives were thrown into chaos by Hurricane Katrina. "They just need a lot of help," he said. At 85, Smith is still going strong and wanted to volunteer. "There was an ...


Downtown church offers spiritual home to homeless people

2/28/2006

Click here to see the video version of this story from UMTV. By Henri Giles* BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UMNS) - A decade ago, a local United Methodist church chose to come face to face with the ills of racism - a courageous step in a city that is still referred to as one of the country's most segregated. Church of the Reconciler began its ministry in 1993 as a way to bring black and white citizens together to worship. Even today, many refer to the United Methodist congregation as the only one in ...


Tampa, not Richmond, to host 2012 General Conference

2/17/2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly won't be meeting in Richmond, Va., in 2012, as announced last fall, but will convene in Tampa, Fla., instead. In making the change, the United Methodist Commission on the General Conference cited a church policy regarding meeting in cities that are home to professional sports teams with Native American names. The 2012 General Conference will be held April 25 to May 4 in the 600,000-square-foot Tampa Convention ...


Record Giving by United Methodists

2/15/2006

Nashville, TN-- United Methodists gave more generously than ever before, surpassing the previous years total giving by more than 50%. This assessment of 2005 giving was reported today by Sandra K. Lackore, general secretary and treasurer of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church.   Lackore stated, In a year that brought much natural devastation to so many of our local congregations around the globe, we have a great deal to celebrate. We celebrate ...


Recent church burnings raise larger issue

2/14/2006

A UMNS ReportBy Kelly Martini* Responding to the recent arsons of 10 Alabama churches, United Methodists are joining the call to focus on broader issues of church burnings that are continuing nationally. All of the Alabama churches burned since Feb. 3 housed Baptist congregations. Five of the churches have predominantly black congregations and five have predominantly white membership. The Women's Division, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, has long worked on this issue through the ...


United Methodist hurricane relief exceeds $62 million

2/14/2006

By Elliott Wright* NEW YORK (UMNS) - More than $62 million was contributed in 2005 to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for hurricane relief and rehabilitation in the United States and wider Gulf of Mexico region. "Year-end receipts from the annual conferences pushed the figure far, far beyond what we anticipated in the late fall," said Roland Fernandes, treasurer of the Board of Global Ministries, the denominational agency of which UMCOR is a part. UMCOR had received $62.37 million as ...


United Methodist Women launching online communities

2/6/2006

by Julia R. Tulloch and Jorge R. Obando* United Methodist Women has always been at the forefront of innovation and the use of technology. This year is no exception! The October 2005 Board of Directors meeting authorized the Women's Division to launch the first, official UMW Online Community. The primary purpose is to enhance the ways our members communicate with each other. By harnessing the power of new technologies, it will be possible for women around the world to participate in online Bible...


North Alabama Women in Ministry group helps to rebuild in Mississippi

2/2/2006

The concrete block building of Pass Christian First United Methodist Church stands strong just a block away from the Mississippi coastline. Almost five months after Hurricane Katrina poured feet of storm surge into the sanctuary, fellowship hall and classrooms, the church was buzzing with activity. With the leadership of clergywoman Terry Hilliard, who now also serves as an UMCOR regional director for two Mississippi counties, the church reconstructed their education wing as a bunk house for ...


Program seeks to call young people into clergy

2/1/2006

A UMNS Report_By Linda Green A new program will partially address pastoral leadership concerns in the United Methodist Church and other denominations by cultivating young candidates for ministry vocations. The program, "Calling Congregations," will organize churches in grass-roots programs to find and support the next generation of pastoral leaders for Christian denominations. It is being launched by the Atlanta-based Fund for Theological Education with a $6 million grant from the Lilly ...


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