United to Host 50th Anniversary Celebration for UMC

You are invited to celebrate the 50 years of The United Methodist Church at "Merging the Streams," a historical convocation at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, July 9-12. "Pietism, Transatlantic Revivalism, and the EUB Legacy in United Methodism" brings together the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History, the Wesleyan Historical Society, the Charles Wesley Society, and the General Commission on Archives and History.


Cokesbury to Offer Resource Center at Annual Conference

This year at Annual Conference, Cokesbury will once again provide their Ministry Resource Center, located in the Aigler Room at Fountain Inn. The store will offer a selection of books, including the Bishop's picks, speaker books, new titles, and bestsellers. There will also be opportunities for church leaders to meet with Cokesbury consultants regarding studies, curriculum, sanctuary furnishings, and more. An ordering kiosk will be available for items not offered on site, and free shipping is provided for all orders placed at Annual Conference.


Connection Blueprint proves adaptable and successful

It doesn’t matter whether the church is in an urban, suburban or rural neighborhood. Over the years, the congregation may suddenly find its membership is more reflective of the past than of the neighborhood around the church building.

That is a topic the Rev. John Edgar, pastor of The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, has discussed with congregations he’s served as a district superintendent and, later, as a church consultant.


Constitutional Amendment to be Revisited

Des Moines, Iowa: The Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, announced today that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently failed to pass. Amendment #1 of the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference--and which narrowly failed to be ratified--included a sentence which had been removed by the legislative body.


Mental Health First Aid Training for Pastors, Church Leaders, and Staff

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Pastor Courtnie Morton
Location Name: 
Northwest Plains District Office
Location Address: 
910 E 3rd St, Ottawa, OH, 45875


Event Sponsored By:: 
Sponsored by Sugar Grove UMC and Northwest Plains District

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale:

Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes: