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Mission and Ministry
Amber Payne reads a story to children at Dodson Chapel Childcare at Hermitage (Tenn.) United Methodist Church. Hermitage United Methodist Church provided a facility at their satellite campus after a tornado destroyed the nearby Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church in March 2020. The new center opened Sept. 13. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Tornado destroys church, but not its ministry

Though a tornado destroyed Dodson Chapel United Methodist Church in 2020, its child care ministry lives on at nearby Hermitage United Methodist Church.
Congregations
United Methodist churches that sponsored Boy Scout troops are being advised to vote against a reorganization plan in the Boy Scouts of America’s sexual abuse-related bankruptcy proceedings. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches advised to oppose BSA bankruptcy plan

A United Methodist legal team is still negotiating but says the current Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy plan doesn’t adequately protect churches that sponsored Scouting troops and could be liable in sex-abuse claims.
Judicial Council
The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. The Judicial Council — the denomination’s top court — faces multiple questions related to a new Disciplinary provision that allows congregations to disaffiliate with property under certain conditions. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Judicial Council to review church-exit rules

The United Methodist Church’s top court faces multiple questions related to the deadline for General Conference legislation and a new law allowing congregations to exit with property.
Local Church
Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

A call to examine United Methodist real estate

As more houses of worship close or seek to redevelop their property, individual congregations must collect and assess data to determine their future.

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