Several years ago, my predominantly white congregation, if not dying, definitely was starting to lose consciousness. However, things began to turn around as church staff and leaders recognized the changing community — predominantly Hispanic and working poor — and decided to be intentional about embracing change. While we're not a standing-room-only congregation yet, we're thriving. Here are some ideas that might help your church as well.
United Methodists — including entire families — are among the hundreds killed after torrential rains caused deadly mudslides and flooding near Freetown.
Capt. John Jimmy and his wife and four children, members of Price Memorial United Methodist Church, were buried under rubble in a mudslide, a relative told United Methodist News Service. Jimmy, a military officer, was the son of the late Rev. Edward Jimmy, a United Methodist worker and clergyman.
For some, evangelism is a scary word. But for Connor Ewing and Cami Mohler, both recent high school graduates, evangelism is a way of life.
“They are bold in their ability to stand up, to say, ‘this is what I believe in and why I believe it’,” said the Rev. Matt Overman, Pastor of Children and Family Ministries at Grand Lake United Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio.
All In Community, the West Ohio Conference's response to the impact of mass incarceration, is offering several upcoming opportunities for equipping and engaging with our incarcerated and/or returning neighbors. These include the 30-For-30 Pilot Program, Healing Communities training, the Re-entry COPE Simulation, Grow the Good, and All In Community trainings.
Join fellow pastors from churches that worship under 100 in a 2 hour training on the topic of "Preaching and Worship Planning in Smaller Churches". The session will be led by Sam Peters, pastor of Christ UMC in South Webster.