Church Leadership

General Church
The Rev. Jasmine Smothers, lead pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church, has been among the conveners of recent meetings by centrists and progressives to discuss the denomination's future. Photo by Les Scarbrough, Atlanta First United Methodist Church.

Centrists, progressives to discuss church's future

Unhappiness with General Conference 2019 prompts plan for big meeting, with dissolution and ‘gracious exit’ among the options.
Local Church
A federal appeals court has ruled that clergy can continue receiving tax-free housing allowances. Photo illustration by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, Pixabay.

Appeals court backs tax-free clergy housing

Ruling is welcome news to thousands of clergy in all faith traditions across America.
Local Church
Deaconesses pray during the commitment time and dedication of gifts and pledges to sustain the deaconess program at Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Philippines. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Amid struggles, deaconess movement flourishes in the Philippines

Called to ministries of love, justice and service, more than 400 Filipina deaconesses — and their counterparts around the world — teach, preach and reach out to the marginalized.
Local Church
The Rev. Jisun Kwak. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Kwak.

Church courts finds clergywoman not guilty

The decision culminates a two-and-half-year process that began with the Rev. Jisun Kwak’s suspension. She was found not guilty on all counts.

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