Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

July 31, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili; all four official languages of the General Conference.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be […]

Change in US Tax Law Concerning Clergy Moving Expenses

Some of our clergy read an article about tax law changes in the second quarter newsletter from Wespath (see July 2018 edition of Hark).  According to Conference Treasurer Jim Allen, the issue raised there can be summarized as:  Moving expenses, whether paid directly by your conference/ church/ employer to the moving company or reimbursed to the clergyperson, must […]

GBHEM Announces 2018 Willson Lecture: Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 24, 2018 – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), leadership development agency for The United Methodist Church, announced the speaker for the 2018 Willson Lecture, Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, _General Secretary, General Board of Church and Society. Henry-Crowe has served as the social justice agency’s top executive since 2014. […]

Center for Youth Ministry Training Announces Final Participants of $1.1 Million Grant

CYMT Innovation Laboratory Announces 10 Partner Congregations The Center for Youth Ministry Training’s Innovation Laboratory, made possible with funding from the Lilly Endowment, has selected 10 partner churches to participate in the Innovation Lab. Each of these churches and their youth pastors (“Lead Innovators”) completed a rigorous application process and have been chosen from nearly […]

Warmed by Warmth In Winter

Sam’s S.E.C. Movement A student accepts a challenge to lead a movement Charlotte-Fagan UMC, Charlotte, TN.  At Warmth in Winter 2018, Sam Kilian attended the “Starting a Movement” workshop for high school students. She felt challenged to begin a movement of her own. She came to Charlotte-Fagan Director of Youth Ministries Loran Anderson with her ideas, […]

LETTING KIDS HELP AFTER TRAGEDY

Charlotte-Fagan UMC, Charlotte, TN – Dickson County has had a difficult year. After the shooting death of police sergeant Daniel Baker in Dickson, fundraisers to help the family became a common refrain in the community. On Sunday, June 10, Jet Anderson walked into the pastor’s office with his mother, youth director Loran Anderson, to pitch an […]

Opportunities Available through the Council of Bishops

There are several opportunities available now for members of The United Methodist Church through the Council of Bishops: A second cohort for UMEIT: Young Adult Network is being formed. This is a part of your “United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training” ministry. I am searching for 10 young adults from around our global Connection who […]