Central Conferences

General Church
A United Methodist deaf choir signs the words of a hymn during worship in the Baguio Area in northern Philippines. Across the country, an assessment team saw evidence of church vitality. Photo courtesy of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters.

Creative spirit lifts Philippines’ churches

A United Methodist team looked at whether the Philippines should have more bishops. The group’s report highlighted church strengths and needs.
General Conference
The Rev. Adilson De Almeida of Luanda, Angola addresses fellow members of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, as the Rev. Kimberly Reisman looks on. He and other church leaders at the meeting talked about the fallout of the special General Conference during a March meeting in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Global church wrestles with post-GC2019 pain

United Methodists took time out of a joint international meeting to discuss GC2019 fallout that some say casts doubt on the future of a global church.
Bishops
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer of the West Ohio Conference’s addresses the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters during its meeting in Manila. He chaired the committee’s Africa Comprehensive Plan subcommittee. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Group advises where to add 5 new African bishops

A church leadership body is submitting a plan that would add a central conference to Africa and increase the number of bishops from 13 to 18.
General Church
Delegates and bishops join in prayer at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward

More than 53 percent of General Conference delegates approved the Traditional Plan, but how much of the plan will take effect is unknown.

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