UMC money

Dr. David W. Scott explains how the United Methodist Church owns its assets. Read more

UMC Future 3 Comments

Africa University continues to rank at top of general-church apportioned funds; some conferences increased their payouts. Read more

Finance and Administration

Think the squabbles over human sexuality, membership decline or bureaucratic agencies most threaten the UMC? No, the worldwide denomination's biggest problem is money, writes Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

Collection plate

Photo Illustration by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Heads of the 13 United Methodist boards and agencies have unanimously recommended cuts in the overall budget for 2017-2020. Read more

Finance and Administration

Ebola Mission

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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. Read more

GC Archive

Examining the current state of The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Christy Thomas prescribes some exercises intended to help it lose the weight of its overbearing church structure and rules. Read more

Christy Thomas


Control of The United Methodist Church's money still resides with the American branch, and that's posing a big problem for the denomination's global relationships, writes David W. Scott. Read more

Global Nature 4 Comments

Two churchwide agencies tasked with preparation the worldwide denomination's budget have agreed on the guidelines by which they'll prepare financial plans. Read more

In the Church

Bishop Daniel Wandabula

UMNS Photo by Annette Spence

The Council on Finance and Administration has called for the resignation of United Methodist Bishop Daniel Wandabula of the East Africa area as part of a plan to resolve the alleged misdirection of church funds discovered by an audit. Read more

In the Church 4 Comments


Holding the UMC Hostage 04 - The Conclusion

Concluding his 4-part series, The Rev. Jeremy Smith asserts that reform of United Methodist churchwide funding is possible, in contrast to the Langford proposal simply to withhold funds. Read more

Feb 15, 2013 10:38 AM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

Holding the UMC Hostage 03 - Collateral Damage

In Part 3 of his 4-part series, the Rev. Jeremy Smith looks at potential for both benefit and damage from a proposal by the Rev. Andy Langford that congregations contribute churchwide funding only to agencies directly involved in making disciples. Read more

Feb 15, 2013 10:31 AM Jeremy Smith