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Emerging is a space to invite critical thinking and reflection on what is emerging in Methodism. Logo courtesy of the Connectional Table.

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Emerging is a forum sponsored by the Connectional Table for fostering open-ended conversation about what is emerging in Methodism. By creating a web-based dialogue, we hope to engage United Methodists with diverse perspectives from across our worldwide connection in thinking deeply about what is emerging in the life of our connection.

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A woman holds a sign saying, “United Methodists stand against racism,” during a Black Lives Matter rally in Willingboro, New Jersey, June 7 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Photo by Aaron Wilson Watson.

A call to the Church in the wake of the Atlanta shootings

In response to the killing of eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, Kennetha Bigham-Tsai says the church is called to declare that the ideologies of racism, white supremacy, xenophobia, misogyny and hate are antithetical to love.

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Bishop Gregory Palmer presides over a session of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
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Emerging Methodism

Emerging Methodism: An Interview with Bishop Gregory Palmer

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai continues the Connectional Table’s “Emerging” interviews, this time with Bishop Gregory Palmer, leader of the West Ohio Annual Conference.

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Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area gives the sermon during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
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Emerging Methodism

Emerging Methodism: An Interview with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai continues the Connectional Table’s “Emerging” interviews, this time with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, leader of the Louisiana Episcopal Area and also the current President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.

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The Revs. Lyssette Perez and Brad Brady participate in discussion of church issues during the Connectional Table meeting held at United Methodist Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, Tenn., April 3. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Stewarding our mission, ministries and resources

The purpose of the Connectional Table (CT) is to discern and articulate the vision for the church and to steward the mission, ministries, and resources of The United Methodist Church as determined by the actions of General Conference. The CT works in consultation with the Council of Bishops.

"As part of the total mission of the church, the CT is to serve as a steward of the vision and resources for mission and ministry, provide fiscal responsibility, and establish policies and procedures to carry out the mission of the church” (BOD, ¶904).

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OUR WORK AND VISION

Our work is vision-directed and mission-focused. It aligns with our vision of a church that remains worldwide and contextual, vital and effective, affirming and inclusive, and connectional. Our work has as its central focus the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

United Methodist women present a traditional dance from northern Mozambique during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and Connectional Table. Photo by Rodney Steele.

Worldwide
and Contextual

A key culture shift for The United Methodist Church is the shift from a U.S.-centered denomination to one that is more fully worldwide. 
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The Connectional Table (CT) stewards the vision and considers the UMC’s total mission by considering the most effective, cooperative, and efficient way to make use of our ministry, personnel, and resources. Image courtesy of the Connectional Table.

Vital and Effective

We steward the vision and mission of the church by considering the most effective, cooperative, and efficient way to make use of our ministry, personnel, and resources. 
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As our church continues to grapple with what it means to be a church in mission with all people, crossing boundaries of gender, race, immigration status, sexual orientation, age, ability, culture and ideology, the Connectional Table seeks to listen and engage these conversations. Image courtesy of the Connectional Table.

Affirming
and Inclusive

We seek to engage in conversations as our church continues to grapple with what it means to be in mission with all people.
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Connectional

We work to explore ways that our worldwide missional partnerships can embody our vision of connectionalism.
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Bishop Hope Morgan Ward listens intently to the words of Fred Brewington. Participants at the fall Connectional Table meeting debate inclusiveness in The United Methodist Church in relation lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. The meeting took place Nov. 18-20 at the United Methodist Board of Discipleship in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Our Impact

The work of discerning and articulating vision, and stewarding the mission, ministries and resources of The United Methodist Church helps to energize and equip our church to carry out its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Connectional Table's (CT) work has focused on enhancing our worldwide nature while bringing vitality and effectiveness to every level of our global church.

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Legislation

This section provides information on Connectional Table legislation and other support materials, including our proposal for a U.S. Regional Conference. 
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The creation of a U.S. Regional conference would ensure efficiency, consistency, fairness and preservation.  

Presentations

Get a closer look at some of the CT's work through these presentations and webinars.
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State of the Church Reports

The annual State of the Church Report is a resource to help evaluate our current realities and to identify opportunities and challenges as we move forward in ministry.

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News & Releases

Connectional Table affirms the Christmas Covenant legislation

Connectional Table sees Christmas Covenant legislation as a vehicle for global regionalism.

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Bishop Thomas Bickerton announces April 25 to the 2008 United Methodist General Conference that the denomination will receive a $5 million grant from the United Nations Foundation, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help fight diseases of poverty. Bickerton is the church's spokesman for the Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
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News & Releases

Connectional Table Emerging Project launches video segments

Videos explore the future of the UMC and reflect on Wesley’s historic questions.

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