Are we willing to face the spiritual and physical hunger and abuse in our communities? Will we be open to God’s call to speak and lead our communities from slavery to freedom in Christ? Moses' burning desire to help his people was confirmed in his call from God to go back to Egypt, challenge pharaoh and lead the people out of darkness.
Growing congregations answer this question very differently from congregations that are struggling. In this month’s blog, Rev. Carl Ellis highlights some key differences and offers some suggestions for how to avoid becoming a stagnant church.
Dean McIntyre offers some basic information on music licensing for churches. It's more complicated than you can imagine.
Accra, Ghana: Representatives of in-country health boards charged with overseeing governance of malaria programs throughout Africa are gathered this week in Accra, Ghana for the Pan-Africa Summit. The participants, made up of doctors, community health workers, educators and malaria program coordinators will receive follow-up training in effective program planning, financial management, and best practices for monitoring and evaluation.
The five-day meeting is sponsored by Imagine No Malaria and hosted by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
We have voted for change. When I say “we,” I mean more than two-thirds of the lay and clergy members of all three conferences: Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska. On January 1, 2014, we will become the Great Plains Annual Conference.
I do believe that we have made the right decision, but, as one of my friends said in an email, “Now, the real work begins.”
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — The U.S. Senate approved a resolution July 11 supporting World Malaria Day and efforts to end malaria deaths by 2015. The resolution also commended “the recent progress made toward reducing global malaria deaths and prevalence.” The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign has distributed almost a million bed nets to ward against malaria-carrying mosquitos and has raised more than $20 million to fight the disease.