Just Resolution Announced in Complaint Filed Against Bishop Julius Trimble

By Walter Fenton- On February 15, Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Episcopal Area confirmed that a church trial had been averted regarding a complaint filed against Bishop Julius Trimble of the Indiana Episcopal Area. The complaint stemmed from Trimble’s handling of a complaint filed against the Rev. Anna Blaedel, a campus minister at the […]

An Invitation to Endless Church Conflict

By Walter Fenton- Most United Methodists have long recognized the debate over the church’s sexual ethics and its teachings on marriage has reached an impasse. However, a legal brief submitted to the UM Church’s Judicial Council (its “Supreme Court”) argues otherwise. It essentially invites the church’s highest court to prolong the legal maneuvering for several […]

Apportionments and the Viability of a Connectional Church

By Walter Fenton- Some United Methodists are pleased to pay them, others have come to loathe them, and still others have little or no idea they are contributing to them when they tithe and make gifts to their local church on Sunday morning. The “them” is apportionments; financial payments local churches make to fund the […]

The United Methodist Church Change in Financial Position Apportionment Funds December 31, 2016

Reclaiming Our Focus

          In this short video, the Rev. Rob Renfroe, president of Good News and pastor of discipleship at The Woodlands UM Church (The Woodlands, Texas), talks about the imperative of being the church even in the midst of discord and distractions. He identifies sharing the Gospel, making disciples, and being mission […]

Two Large UM Churches Vote to Leave Denomination

By Walter Fenton- Two large local United Methodist churches in the Mississippi Annual Conference have taken congregation wide votes to leave the denomination. Ninety six percent of the parishioners at Getwell Road UM Church in Southaven and 99 percent at The Orchard UM Church in Tupelo supported separation on Sunday, February 5. The senior pastors […]

The UM Blame Game

By Walter Fenton- Two recent guest commentaries by the United Methodist News Service (UMNS) warrant a response. Both pieces are critical of conservative United Methodists. One, without evidence, makes a scurrilous claim about the work of evangelical groups at General Conference. And the other is a retired bishop’s attempt to blame others for the crisis […]

New name points Mission Society into the Future

NORCROSS, Ga.—The Mission Society has unveiled a new name that aims to further sharpen the focus and effectiveness of its wide-ranging work among some of the least-reached peoples around the world.  As TMS Global (www.tms-global.org), the interdenominational agency believes its training, church planting and mobilization efforts will be multiplied through a new name that looks […]

Perseverance of the Faithful

By Rob Renfroe- I guess I got to the party a little late. I became associated with Good News in 2009 when I was honored to be named president. At that point, the ministry had already existed for over forty years. Immediately after accepting Christ as a high school student in Texas City, Texas, God […]

Maxie Dunnam Receives UM Renewal Award

At its most recent meeting, the Good News Board of Directors bestowed the Ed Robb Jr. United Methodist Renewal Award on the Rev. Dr. Maxie Dunnam, pastor, author, seminary president, and former world editor of The Upper Room. The award is presented to a person that has demonstrated dedication to the renewal of The United […]