|United Methodists invited to join teleconference|
April 10, 2007 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)
United Methodists are invited to join in an April 17 town hall
meeting to discuss how the church is impacting the world and where the
denomination is headed.
Titled "Celebrating A Generous Church!" the teleconference will begin at 2 p.m. Central time.
It will bring together leaders from several church agencies to
discuss findings from a new report, "This is Our Story," produced by the
General Council on Finance and Administration. The report offers a
statistical look at the church today using data compiled by the
council's Analysis and Research Office.
The agency leaders also will talk about four "provocative
propositions" - leadership development, congregational development,
ministry with the poor and global health - around which the church will
focus in the next four years. In addition, participants will hear
stories about how United Methodist churches are having an impact in the
"The United Methodist Church is working together - congregations, annual
conferences, agencies, and bishops - in new and exciting ways to reach
out and touch people in the name of Jesus Christ," said Sandra Lackore,
top executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration in
Nashville. "We're seeing a renewed commitment to supporting ministries
across the church."
The provocative propositions were developed by the general agencies and
commissions in support of the United Methodist Council of Bishops'
vision pathways. The four proposals represent areas where the boards and
agencies will work collaboratively in new ways to focus the church's
spiritual and financial resources.
The April 17 event will include an interactive question-and-answer session with the audience and panelists.
Listeners are encouraged to congregate in small groups to participate in
the call, then possibly have their own discussion afterwards.
Individuals may also join in the teleconference.
Top staff executives from several United Methodist agencies will be participating. In addition to Lackore, they will include:
- The Rev. Jerome King Del Pino, Board of Higher Education and Ministry;
- The Rev. R. Randy Day, Board of Global Ministries;
- The Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, Board of Discipleship;
- The Rev. Larry Hollon, United Methodist Communications; and
- Jim Winkler, Board of Church and Society.
To join the teleconference, call toll-free 1-800-868-1846 and enter
participant code 63761235. More information is available by contacting
Diane Denton, United Methodist Communications, at (615) 742-5406, or
Marsha Base, the General Council on Finance and Administration, at (615)
Details also are available online at umc.org/townhall. The teleconference will be archived at the site.
This report is based on a press release from United Methodist
Communications and the General Council on Finance and Administration.
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