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Confidential help for clergy, families

Confidential help for clergy, families

Clergy and their family members who need a safe and confidential place to go for help with personal issues, concerns and stresses now have it with the new Clergy Services Director of the Indiana Conference. As the new director of this position that began Jan. 1, 2015, the Reverend R. ...

From the Bishop

‘New Year and a Half Resolutions’

Bishop Mike Coyner

‘New Year and a Half Resolutions’

As the calendar flips to the year 2015, I realize that my tenure as your bishop is moving quickly toward my retirement at the end of August in 2016. So rather than thinking of New Year’s Resolutions, I find myself thinking of what I resolve to be and do for the next year and a half. Here ...

Welcome

Celebrate this New Year

Skyler Nimmons

Celebrate this New Year

Greetings! I am excited for this glorious New Year and the opportunities that it brings for us to begin new goals, as well as revive or renew goals that were once higher on our list of priorities. Personally, I made several goals when I made the move to Indiana from down South to have a ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Homosexuality and the Church We, United Methodists (or should we change that to disunited Methodists?) will soon be selecting delegates to our 2016 General Conference. Among the things sure to be considered will be another request or demand to accept and perform homosexual marriages and ...

Indiana

'Living Into It and Through It - Missional Church'

Learn from a church that is living out the missional-church concepts introduced at the “Putting the Movement Back into Indiana Methodism” event featuring Alan Hirsch. Churches especially interested in reaching the growing slice of our population that isn’t interested in the institutional ...

2015 Annual Conference theme, dates set

2015 Annual Conference theme, dates set

“Share Your Story” is the theme for the 2015 session of the Indiana Annual Conference to be held Thursday-Saturday, May 28-30 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The scripture reference for the conference session is Joel 1:3 (ESV). Worship and music for the ...

Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity named

Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity named

INDIANAPOLIS – Megan Fetter serves as the new Associate Director of Leadership Development – Laity for the Indiana Conference effective January 1. In this role, Fetter will assist in realizing the vision of Leadership Development by providing leadership and support for the implementation ...

Beyond Ebola – HUNGER: Operation Classroom acts

Beyond Ebola – HUNGER: Operation Classroom acts

For more than 25 years, Operation Classroom has been in partnership with The United Methodist Church of Liberia and Sierra Leone to improve Secondary Education to students. OC provides scholarships that assist students who would otherwise be unable to attend school, to obtain an education....

Bishop’s Youth Rally

Bishop’s Youth Rally

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. ...

Byerly joins conference staff as Associate Director of Disaster Response

Byerly joins conference staff as Associate Director of Disaster Response

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Byerly will serve as the new Associate Director of Disaster Response for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church effective January 1. Byerly continues to serve as the pastor of Rockdale United Methodist Church, West Harrison, Ind., in addition to ...

Early bird registration now available for Pathways 2015 – A Gathering of Worship Artists

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts announces that early registration is now open for its 2015 bi-annual convocation, Pathways 2015 – A Gathering of Worship Artists, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 20-23. For information and registration, visit www.UMFel...

It’s time for Year End Reporting!

The Year End Reporting submission dates for the 2014 reporting year will be January 1-February 15, 2015. Blank forms are available from the GCFA website to use in preparing to submit your data online. (The site is not compatible with Internet Explorer 10.) We recommend that you print and ...

Neckers named Northeast District Superintendent

Neckers named Northeast District Superintendent

INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Michael J. Coyner of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. David K. Neckers of Muncie, Ind., as Superintendent of the Northeast District of the Indiana Conference beginning July 1, upon the retirement ...

New UM church in East Chicago

As we begin 2015, the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is proud to announce that it once again has a church worshipping in the city of East Chicago after a twenty year hiatus. East Chicago is a city of 30,000 residents, half of whom are Hispanic located in northwest ...

Publications survey invites feedback

The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks to communicate the mission, ministry, and happenings throughout various channels to our laity and clergy. It is our hope to gain a better understanding of our readership and which tools are reaching you and connecting you to the ...

Putting the Movement back into Methodism in Indiana

Steve Clouse

Putting the Movement back into Methodism in Indiana

Question: What could entice a large group of Methodists to trade a Saturday during the most hectic part of the Christmas shopping season for an all day workshop? Answer: The opportunity to recapture the “movemental” spirit of their congregations and conference. More than 230 people from ...

The Creative Worship workshop coming to Indiana

The Creative Worship workshop coming to Indiana

The Indiana Conference Church Development Team is pleased to offer The Creative Worship workshop to be led by award-winning facilitator, Jason Moore. This workshop is designed for all churches regardless of size or budget, as it teaches timeless techniques and methodologies that ...

The Fruitful Congregation Journey (FCJ) Process

The Fruitful Congregation Journey (FCJ) Process

Step 1: A “shared learning experience.” It takes place over eight monthly sessions that coincide with the school year (skipping December) at a teaching church that provides a church team with key concepts and principles for effective ministry in their home church. It costs a congregation ...

Transforming disciple-making through the FCJ

Transforming disciple-making through the FCJ

A program with roots in the American Baptist Church in northern California is transforming United Methodist congregations throughout Indiana. One pastor called it “the best emphasis I’ve seen in my 30 years of being a Hoosier United Methodist pastor.” “We’re always implementing things as a...

National

Bishop Job, who helped people deal with death, dead at 86

United Methodist News Service

Bishop Job, who helped people deal with death, dead at 86

“I have no anxiety about my own death. … I don’t know what that’s going to be like, but I have some idea that it will be good because this life is good,” said retired Bishop Rueben P. Job after the publication of his book, “Living Fully, Dying Well,’’ in 2006, Job died at home Jan. 3 at 86...

Global and Missions

AU Campaign making strides

AU Campaign making strides

The Indiana Africa University Campaign efforts to raise $1.6 million for an endowed chair in Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as endowed student scholarships at United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is well underway and is seeing strong support from ...

News from United Methodist Women

Carolyn Maxey

News from United Methodist Women

Exemplary Extravagant Generosity Late October, an appeal went out that the boiler at Lucille Raines Residence, 947 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, had failed and replacement was the only option. Lucille Raines Residence, a project of United Methodist Women of Indiana, is a safe haven for ...

The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW)

The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW)

My name is Donna Ward and I have taken on the leadership role of chairing COSROW for the Indiana Conference. I am an Elder, recently ordained at our 2014 Annual Conference, and serve in the Central District. During the 2015 Indiana Annual Conference, COSROW will host a luncheon rather than...

Viewpoints

Body, Mind & Spirit: Let It Snow

Body, Mind & Spirit: Let It Snow

If memory serves, January of 2014 recorded some of the deepest snowfalls on record here in Indiana. The snow must have been deep, as I’m still digging out one of my cars and I haven’t seen my wife since she made that emergency run to Kroger for bread and milk. Funny thing about Midwest ...

Listening with our hearts

Mary Ann Moman

Listening with our hearts

At our November Clergy Covenant Day, Bishop Coyner asked the clergy to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together. It has been years since I first read the book. As I read with the eyes of an older, experienced pastor, I found myself focused on the chapter on ministry. In this chapter,...

Our Life Together set for renewal, play

Our Life Together set for renewal, play

Stillness, Awareness, and Playfulness” is the theme of the 2015 Our Life Together retreat for Indiana Conference pastors set Monday-Tuesday, February 23-24, 2015 at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis. OLT is a gathering of clergy to cultivate the covenant, experience a community of learning, ...

Chronicles

Kassig family remembers hostage son’s desire to help

United Methodist News Service
NEW YORK (UMNS) – The United Methodist parents of the latest hostage executed by the Islamic State group are remembering his dedication to assisting those who have suffered during Syria’s civil war. “We are heartbroken to learn that our son, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, has lost his life as ...

Kassig remembered for humanitarian service

Skyler Nimmons

Kassig remembered for humanitarian service

INDIANAPOLIS – To Pat Engel, a diaconal minister at Epworth United Methodist Church, Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was a bright young man who lived a life guided by Micah 6:8 to “love justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” Engel was among the speakers Sunday, Nov. 23, when hundreds...

Plan now for One Great Hour of Sharing – Sunday, March 15

Plan now for One Great Hour of Sharing – Sunday, March 15

Plan now for One Great Hour of Sharing – Sunday, March 15, 2015. Find resources at umcgiving.org.

Special anniversaries for special churches

Richard Stowe
In 2015, the following congregations of the Indiana Annual Conference will have occasion to celebrate the anniversaries of their founding, according to a document in the Indiana United Methodist Archives at DePauw University. Although there could be some errors in the list, and some ...