The Hopefulness of Mission, or Why I’m Not Worried about the Future of the UMC

I am a United Methodist.  My denomination recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, remembering how it was formed by a union of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968.  This church has formed me as a disciple of Jesus Christ, has taught me grace, taught me how to sing grace, preach grace, … Continue reading The Hopefulness of Mission, or Why I’m Not Worried about the Future of the UMC

What’s History Got to Do With Mission Trips?

Next year, United Methodist Women will celebrate their 150th anniversary of women organized for mission.  In 1869, Methodists had been training and sending missionaries for nearly 50 years, but women were only allowed to participate as missionary wives.  The Mission Board did not financially support mission training for women, nor did they see the need … Continue reading What’s History Got to Do With Mission Trips?