UMC mission

Dr. David W. Scott explains his new definition of mission: cultivating relationships across boundaries for the sake of fostering conversations in word and deed about the nature of God’s good news. Read more

Global Nature

Global Missions Structure

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Dr. Mande Muyombo, executive director of Global Ministries’ new Global Mission Connections unit, explains the shift in how the gospel is being spread through United Methodist mission work around the world. Read more

Global Nature

Dr. Hendrik Pieterse continues his interpretation of the World Council of Churches' mission document, "Toward Life Together." Read more

Global Nature

Tower of Babel

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The current turmoil in the American branch of The United Methodist Church appears more like the biblical story of the Tower of Babel than anything else, writes David W. Scott. Read more

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Dr. Doug Tzan looks at the Wesleyan heritage that undergirds The United Methodist Church's official mission theology document, "Grace Upon Grace." Read more


Professor Henk Pieterse examines why the United Methodist theological statement, "Grace Upon Grace," remains a worthwhile document for the church to study 25 years after its publication. Read more


People of Faith for Health Care

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What if the future of The United Methodist Church requires more than our current mission statement of "making disciples," and more than a blogger's recent challenge of "making friends"? Read more

Views from a Ridge

Death Rattles or Birth Pangs?

Retired pastor Mike Higgins finds some hope in the struggles of a local congregation to set its mission and priorities. Read more

Apr 26, 2013 3:12 PM Ancora Imparo87

Two Things That Lead Toward Christian Unity

United Methodist layman Henry Neufeld recommends that the church focus on service to others and Bible study as ways to develop a common purpose. Read more

Feb 5, 2013 4:05 PM Henry Neufeld

Which Way

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Time for a New Mission?

The Rev. Dan R. Dick proposes that The United Methodist Church acknowledge the failure of its current mission statement and set out to craft a new purpose and a plan for achieving it. Read more

Jan 15, 2013 2:47 PM Dan R. Dick 3 Comments

Obama Romney

Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

The Rev. Eric Folkerth draws some parallels between The United Methodist Church's "mission field" and the successful re-election campaign of President Barack Obama Read more

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The World


The Transformation of the World

Transforming the world isn't about political or social or economic programs, writes Geoffrey Kruse-Safford. It's about making clear and visible those seeming little moments of loving God and our neighbors in real life. Read more

Oct 1, 2012 4:44 PM Geoffrey Kruse-Safford