2007 News and Features
The annual United Methodist School of Congregational Development is being expanded to two sites next year to accommodate the growing interest in new congregation starts and older congregational revitalization within the denomination.
A popular book that takes issue with the self-esteem movement and its "I am special" ideology became a primer for United Methodist leaders struggling to reach the contemporary young-adult generation.
A decade ago Grace United Methodist Church in Olathe, Kansas faced a dilemma. It had outgrown its building and could not expand on the site. Although the church owned property at a new location, it could not find a buyer for the old, a sale thought essential to finance a move. So Grace Church decided to rely on God's grace for the future.
Churches grow when "love meets needs," the pastor of The United Methodist Church's largest congregation said in opening an annual gathering of church developers.