We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve. Here we intend to recommend helpful information, hopeful inspiration and opportunities for involvement that can offer nourishment and possibly direction for your faith journey. Please return to visit these sections again soon and often. And please contribute ideas, information, insights and resources that might be helpful to others. Thanks!

Learn to care for Creation at EarthKeepers training

The EarthKeepers training, August 8-11 at Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia, is “an incredible learning opportunity,” says Dr. Sara Fernsler, to make a positive impact on the health of our planet.  Read more

Mobilize Your Church for a Better Ministry Story

Two top leadership coaches offer UMs a fee discount to learn how to do effective outreach ministry using high-tech and high-touch tactics July 31, at a Philadelphia seminary.  Read more

Postscripts from Annual Conference 2019

Our Annual Conference celebrated and heard from the coming generation. But controversies over a resolution and election of 2020 delegates also challenged our unity in Christ. Our bishop responds to some concerns.  Read more

Why do UM pastors change churches?

Our unique system of deploying pastors began in Methodism’s earliest days. John Wesley believed itinerant preachers were more effective than those who settled in, grew comfortable and “wore out what they had to say.” Learn more…  Read more

Exiting congregations face hefty price tag

For congregations that want to leave the UMC because of disagreement with new church laws regarding the rights of LGBTQ people in the church, a breakup could get very expensive. Continue reading at  Read more

Saved by accepting God’s grace: suddenly or gradually?

United Methodists understand that people have different experiences of awakening and turning to God. Some may have a sudden, powerful experience… Read more at  Read more

We’re getting a new pastor! What can I do?

One Sunday during worship, you notice a visitor who looks vaguely familiar. Suddenly the pastor invites her forward to address the congregation. Now you remember. She is your District Superintendent. Oh no! Why is she here?  Read more

Read NEWSpirit’s new issue now on our website

The Spring 2019 issue of NEWSpirit  is now online for all to read and share. Our 24 pages are full of news, plus 2018 church giving and capital campaign totals.  Read more

The big screen on the first night of General Conference 2019 shows delegates' preferences for which pieces of legislation to consider first. The top three vote-getters--Wespath's pension modification plan, the Traditional Plan and the Taylor Disaffiliation Plan--all passed as amended and will impact the 2019 Eastern PA Annual Conference. UMNS photo

Annual Conference resolutions address changes ahead

The 2019 Eastern PA Annual Conference (AC2019), meeting June 13-15, will consider 19 legislative resolutions for debate and votes among its membership…  Read more

New disaffiliation-related resolutions added for AC2019

Two new Annual Conference resolutions submitted by two conference boards have been added to make a total of 19. They relate to the new church disaffiliation rules passed by The… Read more