laity

Local Church
Lay leader Ed Zinkiewicz leads the congregation of West Nashville (Tenn.) United Methodist Church in prayer. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Who may hold office in a local church?

Those who may hold office in a local church depends on the office in question.
General Church
Saving Grace offers clergy, laity and congregations a Wesleyan approach to financial planning. Image courtesy of the United Methodist Publishing House’s Abingdon Press.

A Wesleyan take on personal finance

United Methodist agencies collaborate on Saving Grace, a money-management program for clergy and laity.
General Church
An excerpt from the full-page ad placed in the May 9 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by a group of North Georgia Conference laity. The ad was an open letter to Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson seeking answers around the appointment dispute at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, LGBTQ inclusion and the future of the church. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Georgia group questions bishop in full-page ad

The advertisement in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution seeks transparency from the North Georgia bishop on disputes around a pastoral appointment, LGBTQ inclusion and the future of the church.
Mission and Ministry
Chris Yuen (right) gets a bouquet of balloons during his hospital stay for the coronavirus. Yuen, a 32-year-old member of Midland Park United Methodist Church in New Jersey, spent about 20 days on a ventilator. Doctors and nurses lined the hall to cheer when he went home on April 22, after nearly a month’s hospitalization. Photo courtesy of Chris Yuen.

Clergy, laity tell harrowing COVID-19 stories

“Respect this virus,” pleads a pastor battling the coronavirus. Others in the denomination who have been directly affected agree.

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