Saturation Sunday Services Support the Teach • Reach • Bless Campaign

By Rick Wolcott* “East Ohio, we’re here because of you. God bless you. God bless you for helping Africa University and also God bless you for growing the Church,” said James Salley, associate vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement to members of the Africa University Development Committee gathered in the ballroom of the Sheraton Cleveland Airport [...]

Leading through Crisis; Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy Goes Virtual in 2021

By Rick Wolcott* “Being at the retreat is energizing, renewing, cup-filling, and relaxing, all at the same time.” - Rev. Dogba Bass Aldersgate UMC “The retreat is an opportunity for Black clergy to affirm their unique calls and to be affirmed.” - Rev. Gary Henderson United Methodist Communications The Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy returned in [...]

New Cooperative Parish Developing Culture of Call Ministry

By Rick Wolcott* Paragraph 206.1 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 states, “Local churches, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may enhance their witness to one another and to the world by showing forth the love of Jesus Christ through forms of mutual cooperation.” On Sunday, July 11 the [...]