Keeping focused on Four Areas of Focus

By Sam Hodges

May 3, 2017 | DALLAS (UMNS)

Keep faith with the denomination’s Four Areas of Focus. But make sure the specific ministry application is effective and relevant in local contexts, especially the local church.

That was the message hammered home May 3 as the United Methodist Council of Bishops continued its meeting in Dallas.

“This is not just a program,” Nordic-Baltic Area Bishop Christian Alsted said of the Four Areas of Focus. “This is our way of being as United Methodists.”

Adopted in 2008, the Four Areas of Focus stress ministering with the poor, developing principled Christian leaders, creating new and renewed congregations and improving global health. Continue reading on