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Volunteerism is a priority at Florida church

More than 90% of church attendees at the South Crestview location of Crosspoint, a United Methodist Church in Florida, do volunteer work, motivated by an associate pastor with endless enthusiasm for ministry.

Rural pastor perseveres amid challenges

With unreliable transportation and fickle weather, a Zimbabwean pastor sometimes walks as many as 30 miles on Sundays to conduct worship and minister to members.

Agencies sell jointly owned building

Discipleship Ministries and the United Methodist Board of Higher Education are among the most recent agencies to consolidate space following the upheavals of COVID-19.

Divide deepens among Nigerian church leaders

Aides to bishop report fellow United Methodists to police for allegedly disturbing the peace, with four of them ultimately landing in jail on spying charges. West Africa College of Bishops plans to send delegation to Nigeria to meet with opposing ...

Bishop Yeakel, caring leader, dies at 93

Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel helped in the formation of The United Methodist Church in the 1968 and later served in a variety of leadership roles, including Council of Bishops president.

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U.S. bishops take on expanded assignments

With 11 United Methodist bishops retiring or stepping into new roles ahead of next year’s elections, all five U.S. jurisdictions will see changes in episcopal supervision in the interim.

Pastoring while Black

Backlash against homeless ministry in Denver shows hostility faced by pastors of color.

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Church to start counting non-binary members

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency approved adding the term “non-binary” alongside “male” and “female” on church statistical forms. The change only affects U.S. congregations.

Connecting with people through prayer

The Rev. Jacqui King, a longtime United Methodist leader, has found a new ministry praying with strangers. Her experience can help people reconnect with God and each other as pandemic restrictions lift.