Head Gear Required

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How will your congregation practice mission in 2018? The Rev. Scott Parrish has some penetrating questions to help assess whether your church is relevant in the world. more

Jan 4, 2018 1:15 PM Local Church

San Juan Bautista

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Celebrating God’s visit through Jesus Christ as a mission to the universe has a significant impact on mission implications of the church, writes Dr. Jerome Sahabandhu. more

Dec 1, 2017 8:27 AM Practicing Faith

Global Mission

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In the fifth of his series on unity in The United Methodist Church, Dr. David W. Scott examines the role of mission in keeping the global denomination connected. more

Oct 14, 2017 12:18 PM Global Nature

Filipino Farmers

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The world needs Christ's followers to be more humane and responsive to the cries of the vulnerable and less dogmatic to our own vision of mission, writes the Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj. more

Jun 14, 2017 6:06 PM Global Nature

DRC Children

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In a video recommended by the blog UM & Global, United Methodist missionaries Donna and Jonathan Baker tell their experiences with the differences in how Americans and Congolese interact with their children more

Dec 7, 2016 10:41 AM In the World

UM & Global, the collaborative blog of United Methodist Professors of Mission, is inviting scholarly reflections on a document about the nature of the church approved by the 2016 General Conference. more

Sep 21, 2016 3:20 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Desert Church

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Inspired by Darryl Stephens' current series "Future Prospects," David W. Scott looks at the missional aspect of closing declining U.S. congregations. more

Jul 6, 2016 9:47 AM 1 Comments

As the 2016 General Conference draws to a close, the Rev. Dan R. Dick writes of what he hopes will come for the future of The United Methodist Church. more

May 20, 2016 8:07 PM 2016 General Conference

Orphan Trek

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Promoting his General Conference petition to make caring for orphans the UMC's mission focus, the Rev. Wayne Lavender is trekking by foot and car to Portland, Ore. more

May 5, 2016 3:32 PM 2016 General Conference

Doyle Teaser

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Artist and clergyman Doyle Burbank-Williams finds the UMC's mission statement – "to make disciples" – to be inadequate for the spiritual needs of the 21st century. more

Apr 6, 2016 4:04 PM Perspectives 18 Comments

Ebola Mission

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David W. Scott looks at the proposal to cut the UMC's coming four-year budget being sent to the 2016 General Conference by top executives of the 13 churchwide boards and agencies. more

Mar 24, 2016 3:24 PM 2016 General Conference

Delivering bottled water to the beleaguered Sandbranch neighborhood in Dallas County, Texas, United Methodist volunteers are shocked at the extreme poverty they find in the long-neglected community lacking residential services. more

Mar 17, 2016 3:47 PM Ministry with the Poor

Eunice Mathews

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One of the 20th century's outstanding missionary figures, Eunice Jones Mathews had a significant ministry paralleling those of her evangelist father and bishop husband. more

Mar 3, 2016 5:15 PM In the Church

Oconee Street UMC

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Oconee United Methodist Church proves that "small" churches can be vital and effective in ministry and mission. more

Feb 25, 2016 1:17 PM Local Church

Gleaning at General Conference

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All human institutions, including The United Methodist Church, are dysfunctional in some ways, but the Rev. Jerry Eckert thinks the UMC's assets still outweigh its defects. more

Jan 24, 2016 1:49 PM 3 Comments

Bible with Cross Shadow

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In response to Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj, Dr. William Payne asserts that even with today's seismic social changes posing gigantic physical needs, authentic Christian mission must incorporate telling the good news of Jesus Christ. more

Oct 29, 2015 3:29 PM Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott reflects on how a former model of theological education may provide a template for the changing needs of Christian ministry in the 21st century. more

Oct 29, 2015 3:28 PM Ordained Ministry

Dan Bracken

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As part of the "Christmas Miracle" campaign for refugees on the Rev. Mike Slaughter's blog, communicator Dan Bracken tells what encountering refugees has meant to his faith. more

Oct 23, 2015 11:17 AM Ministry with the Poor

John Wesley Preaching

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Faced with cultural and church resistance to a fully rounded gospel message, the Rev. Dan R. Dick encourages United Methodists to remain committed to mission, evangelism and social justice as our Christian identity and purpose. more

Jul 31, 2015 11:13 AM Perspectives Archive

Juarez Mission

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Short-term missions are popular among American United Methodists and frequently accomplish much good, but sometimes these goodwill gestures actually complicate and sometimes block what's really needed, writes the Rev. Lisa Beth White. more

May 29, 2015 10:41 AM Global Nature