How We Got Here: The History of UM Conflict (Part 1)

How We Got Here: The History of UM Conflict (Part 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht The current state of separation and disaffiliation in The United Methodist Church has roots stretching far back into Methodism’s history. Profound disagreements about theology, spirituality, and hot-button social issues have been brewing within...

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The Early Growth of the Global Methodist Church

The Early Growth of the Global Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette The process of church disaffiliation has completed its second wave, with churches disaffiliating through special sessions of their annual conferences in the fall. This piecemeal process of disaffiliation is not what we had hoped for when I joined...

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“Majesty” and Jack Hayford’s Heart of Worship

By Steve Beard Over the last 40 years, one of the most popular and memorable modern day hymns is “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” written by Jack Hayford. Congregations from all denominations around the globe have sung it with reverence and gusto. It is included in The...

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Distrust Locks Down North Georgia Conference

By Rob Renfroe -- On December 28, 2022, the exiting bishop of the North Georgia Annual Conference and her appointive cabinet sent a very clear message to the churches, pastors, and laypersons of that conference. The message was: We don’t trust you. I initially chose...

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Bishop Scott Jones Joins Global Methodist Church

By Walter Fenton, Global Methodist Church -- United Methodist Bishop Scott Jameson Jones, the former leader of the UM Church’s Great Plains and Houston Episcopal Areas, has resigned from the episcopacy of the church and withdrawn from the denomination. Jones was...

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The Time is Now

By Rob Renfroe -- Over the last few months I have had the privilege of speaking to more than a dozen churches and conferences in six different states and once to brothers and sisters in Europe, the Middle East, and the Philippines via social media. What I enjoy most...

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North Georgia Blocks Church Disaffiliation

By Thomas Lambrecht In a provocative, year-end proclamation as she was walking out the door to her new assignment in Virginia, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson defiantly led the North Georgia Conference to stop all local church disaffiliations. The “pause” announced by the...

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Community Rallies Around Barbershop Evangelist

By Mike DuBose -- Friends, family, and his beloved church community are coming together to make sure Jake Sherrell gets his flowers while he yet lives. Sherrell, 96, runs North Nashville’s Bel-Aire Unisex Salon where he’s brought to Christ hundreds who have sat in his...

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