Category: UMC

MCF News – Southern Methodist University Being Sued By Methodists

In another sign of the division inside the United Methodist Church, the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church is suing Southern Methodist University. SMU trustees recently voted to remove mention of the UMC from its articles of incorporation. The suit is over who ultimately has control over the university. This suit comes…

Church attendance dropping

By Brother Thom This past weekend I had the opportunity to gather with brothers from many denominations, as well as varied churches in the greater Hampton Roads area. In my discussions with members of congregations from across our area, I learned that many are facing the same issues. Dwindling congregations, decreases in tithes and offerings…

MCF News – Former Perkins UMC for Sale

The former Perkins United Methodist Church and parsonage are up for sale this week. The church had a long history in the Shawboro community, but fell on hard times in recent years. The North Carolina Conference of the UMC last reported that the church had a congregation of 25, but that dwindled over recent years.…

United Methodists Behind Closed Doors

United Methodists have a self-image that we are an open and welcoming faith community. We created the venerable slogan “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion with an “open table,” offering the bread and the cup to anyone willing to receive it. We have a constitutional system of governance…