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We may wish to jettison some of our contemporary United Methodist structure, but a return to the ways of early Methodism could prove unworkable for our time, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

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U.S. annual conferences tackled church responses to tough topics during the 2017 season, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Finance and Administration

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Despite fears and conflicts, United Methodists gathered at 2017 annual conference sessions to celebrate their ministries and plan for the future. more

In the Church

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The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant is blunt: the thought of going to annual conference fills him with dread, because of what it portends for the future. more


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A proposal to change how lay equalization at annual conference is determined may actually result in eliminating lay equalization altogether, writes Randall Hodgkinson, a district lay leader in the Great Plains Annual Conference. more

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As United Methodism begins to look at reorganizing, Dr. David W. Scott ponders on what factors the global denomination's structure should be changed. more

Global Nature

David W. Scott muses on how global issues and perspectives can be found in local initiatives during annual conference season. more

Global Nature

The Rev. Brad Smith of Tennessee has lots of questions about the potential effects of the Connectional Table's proposal to remove anti-LGBT stances from the Book of Discipline and leave such questions to annual conferences. more

Advocating Justice


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The Joy of Learning

So what did you learn at the 2013 session of YOUR annual conference? The Rev. Dan R. Dick proposes that United Methodists should be doing more to foster a love of lifelong learning among adults, whether clergy or laity. more

Jun 13, 2013 4:50 PM Dan R. Dick


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What If ...? A Vision of Annual Conference

The Rev. Ben Gosden asserts that God's Holy Spirit is always present at Annual Conference; we just don't always recognize its Presence. more

May 14, 2013 6:24 AM Ben Gosden

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Time For Annual Conference Season — Let’s Not Get Confused

During annual conference time Ben Gosden reminds United Methodists that what God really wants is a church with the guts to dare to follow Him into the margins of the world that are too often forgotten when we worry so much about reports and budgets. more

May 29, 2012 4:43 PM Ben Gosden