Jurisdictional Conferences

The Rev. Andy Bryan describes the process for electing bishops in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in the United States. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments


Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Smith

An image in Harry Potter gives a lens to view how schismatic powers are so close to victory in United Methodism and may get their final component to their plan this week…maybe even today, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Central Jurisdiction

General Commission on Archives and History Photo

Examining the current debate over how to organize the UMC as a global denomination, Dr. David W. Scott challenges American United Methodists to remember – and repent – the racially motivated roots of today's U.S. jurisdictions. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

Flat UMC

Courtesy of Chris Ritter

The Rev. Chris Ritter proposes five guidelines to "flatten" the organizational structure of The United Methodist Church. Read more


One Book 500

Illustration Courtesy of Chris Ritter

With allusions to The Lord of the Rings, the Rev. Chris Ritter proposes that even though UMC regions globally can set up their own Books of Discipline, the denomination should still be under the authority of "the one." Read more


Jurisfictional Conference

The Rev. Dan R. Dick ponders why a jurisdiction, such as his own North Central region, should bother to gather when there are no bishops to elect. Read more

Jul 18, 2012 9:05 AM Dan R. Dick

Jurisdictionals: Fear. Trembling and Leadership

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders the possibilities of Jurisdictional Conference as he prepares to go through the episcopal election process. Read more

Jul 6, 2012 3:08 PM Tim McClendon

Here are the candidates for bishop in U.S. jurisdictions. Read more

In the Church

Bishop addresses protesters

UMNS Photo by Paul Jeffrey

Coming elections of bishops in U.S. jurisdictions offer an opportunity to survey the tattered state of trust in United Methodist leadership, and the qualities that grassroots clergy and laity would like to see in their new episcopal leaders. Read more

Views from a Ridge 2 Comments