Uber revelation

By Matt Rawle
I’ve had an unexpected revelation at the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Psalm 139:14 reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Although this … read more

Still loving my United Methodist Church

By Tina Fox
As a lifelong United Methodist, I’m watching the events of our quadrennial, worldwide General Conference 2016 meetings in Portland with interest and anticipation. It’s … read more

#UMCGC: More Rule 44 and #MethodistFamous

By Shane Raynor, Mark Lockard
Shane Raynor and Mark Lockard discuss why Rule 44 failed to pass and Methodist "celebrities" at General Conference. read more

Trust, hope and mercy at General Conference

By Jacob Armstrong
Yesterday was my 15th wedding anniversary to Rachel Shepard Armstrong. While I worked as a delegate to the 2016 General Conference, Rachel went on a hiking trip with some friends… read more

Unity, uniformity and the global UMC

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
General Conference is a quadrennial gathering of the global United Methodist Church. But by definition, this global gathering is intensely local. Local dialects, languages… read more

Liturgy in house churches

By Dave Barnhart
We had to answer two big questions as we transitioned from a conventional church plant to a network of house churches. The first was, “What is the difference between a house … read more

#UMCGC: Rule 44, Twitter and East Coast blues

By Shane Raynor, Mark Lockard
Mark Lockard and Shane Raynor offer their impressions on Day 2 of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon.  read more

What’s wrong with the way we make church decisions?

By Julia Kuhn Wallace, Terence Corkin
Think back to your last big church decision. It may have been about building a new sanctuary, firing a youth worker or starting a second worship service. As you think back on the… read more

General Conference (from the outside)

By Kira Schlesinger
On Sunday, I asked one of my parishioners whose brother is an ordained Methodist elder if he had mentioned anything about the upcoming General Conference and received only a blank … read more

General Conference 2016: A time to listen?

By Ben Gosden
“The entire assembly fell quiet as they listened to Barnabas and Paul describe all the signs and wonders God did among the Gentiles through their activity.” (Acts… read more

Thoughtful Pastor: How many people do I have to evangelize to satisfy God?

By Christy Thomas
Dear Thoughtful Pastor: If someone belongs to an “evangelical” church that believes members need to be evangelizing (presumably to save other people from hell) how do… read more

'Will the conference affect Portlanders?'

By Nance Hixon
"Will the conference affect Portlanders?" she asked.Tomorrow, May 10th, the United Methodist Church's General Conference will begin in Portland, Oregon. Every four years bishops… read more
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