News and Notes

Select from the links below to view flyers and brochures for news and upcoming events in and around the Conference as well as other important information.

  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Douglas Reynolds as Interim Pastor at Mountain View UMC Cottonwood, Arizona effective October 17, 2016 in accordance with paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Reynolds is a Retired Deacon/Associate Member of the Iowa Annual Conference (para 419.1 of the 1992 Book of Discipline). Please pray for Rev. Reynolds and Mountain View UMC during this transition. (9-27-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, intends to assign Ms. Patricia Magyar to Youngtown United Methodist Church in Youngtown, Arizona as Part-Time Lay Person Assigned effective October 4, 2016 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Please pray for Ms. Magyar and Youngtown UMC during this transition. (9-27-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Pastor Robert Klein as the Part-time Local Pastor to Fort Yuma United Methodist Church in Winter Haven, CA effective July 8, 2016 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please keep Pastor Klein and Fort Yuma UMC in your prayers. (8-17-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Pastor Jeannie Morago as the Part-time Local Pastor to Ajo Federated Church in Ajo, AZ effective July 8, 2016 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please keep Pastor Morago and Ajo Federated Church in your prayers. (8-17-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announces that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dulce Rocio Vargas as the Pastor of Menlo Park United Methodist Church, Tucson, Arizona effective July 31, 2016 per paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Vargas is an elder in the Northwest Annual Conference of the Methodist Church of Mexico. Please keep Rev. Vargas and Menlo Park UMC in your prayers during this time of transition. (6-20-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Geraldine Elaine Webster Bast, Deacon in Full Connection, as the Part Time Extension Minister, Spiritual Care Coordinator of Justa Center in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 per paragraph 331.4.a of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Please keep Rev. Bast, and the Justa Center in your prayers during this time of transition.
  • APPOINTMENTS -Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. David Patterson as the part-time pastor of Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Patterson is currently serving as pastor of Wesley UMC and South Mountain Community Church both in Phoenix, Arizona. He will continue to serve part-time at Wesley UMC. Please pray for Rev. Patterson, Primera Iglesia, Wesley UMC and South Mountain Community Church during this time of transition. (6-7-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Christine Beaudoin as full-time associate pastor at Velda Rose UMC, Mesa, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 in accordance with Paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Beaudoin is a provisional member of the Detroit Annual Conference currently serving Velda Rose UMC as part-time associate pastor. Please pray for Rev. Beaudoin and Velda Rose UMC during this transition. (5-31-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Tracy Perry as the part-time pastor of Spirit of Joy United Methodist Church in Coolidge, AZ, effective July 1, 2016 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Perry is currently serving as the office manager at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church in Sun Lakes, Arizona. She previously served as the associate pastor of Sun Lakes UMC and as pastor of Albright UMC. Please pray for Pastor Perry, Sun Lakes UMC, and Spirit of Joy UMC during this transition. (5-31-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - The Central East District Superintendent intends to assign Mr. Terry Kim to Journey United Methodist Fellowship in Maricopa, Arizona as Lay Person Assigned effective August 1, 2016 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Terry is currently Associate Pastor of Tacoma New Life Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington. Please keep Terry Kim, Tacoma New Life Presbyterian Church, and Journey UMF in your prayers during this time of transition. (5-24-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, intends to assign Edward Brown as a Lay Person Assigned to First United Methodist Church in Eloy, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please keep Edward Brown and First United Methodist Church, Eloy in your prayers during this time of transition. (5-24-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Gwen Mader as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Gilbert, Arizona effective July 1, 2015 in accordance with Paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Mader is a member of the Dakotas Annual Conference currently serving at Britton, Claremont, and Hecia United Methodist Churches. Please keep Rev. Mader and the congregations in your prayers during this time of transition. (5-24-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Rev. Doug Norris as Interim Pastor at Paradise Valley UMC effective May 1, 2016 in accordance with Paragraphs 346.1 and 338.3 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Norris is a retired elder of the California Nevada Annual Conference. Rev. Norris will be serving from May 1, 2016 - June 15, 2016 during Rev. David Summers Renewal Leave. Please pray for Rev. Norris and Rev. Summers as well as Paradise Valley UMC during this interim appointment. (5-02-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Rev. Michael Hubbard as (retired elder, less-than full-time) Associate Pastor, to Green Valley United Methodist Church of Henderson, Nevada effective May 1, 2016 per paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Please keep Rev Hubbard and the Green Valley congregation in your prayers. (5-02-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, is assigning Oskar “Tony” Ontanyon as a Lay Person Assigned to San Simon United Methodist Church in San Simon, AZ, effective July 1, 2016 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Pastor Ontanyon is currently serving as a Lay Person Assigned to Bowie United Methodist Church and will continue to serve in this capacity, also.  Please keep Pastor Ontanyon, Bowie United UMC and San Simon UMC in your prayers during this time of transition. (4-26-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Tom Jelinek as Pastor of Patagonia Community United Methodist Church in Patagonia, Arizona effective July1, 2016. Rev.  Jelinek is currently serving First United Methodist Church in Yuma, Arizona.  Please keep Rev. Jelinek and Patagonia Community United Methodist Church in your prayers during this time of transition. (4-26-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Clare Sullivan as Associate Pastor at Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church, Glendale, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 in accordance with Paragraph 318.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Pastor Sullivan is currently serving as Pastor of Patagonia UMC in Patagonia, Arizona. Please pray for Pastor Sullivan, Dove of the Desert UMC, and Patagonia UMC during this time of transition. (4-26-16)
  • APPOINTMENTSThe Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Kimberly Scott as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 in accordance with Paragraph 318.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Kimberly will soon be licensed as a Local Pastor with the vetting and recommendation of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. Kimberly is currently the Interim Director of Programming and Membership at Park Hill UMC, Denver, Colorado. Please keep Kimberly, First UMC Phoenix, and Park Hill UMC in your prayers during this transition. (4-26-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Lawrence Johnson as the Full-Time Interim Pastor, to Zion United Methodist Church of North Las Vegas, Nevada effective July 1, 2016 per paragraphs 338.3 and 246.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Please keep Rev. Johnson and the Zion congregation in your prayers during this transition appointment year. (4-20-16)
  • PDF - 12 Tips for the special needs and the long long summer. (4-19-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Michael Bryant as the Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Yuma, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Bryant is currently serving as Pastor of St. Michael’s UMC in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Bryant, First UMC of Yuma, and St. Michael’s UMC during this time of transition. (4-12-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Raul Velazquez as the Pastor of El Mesias United Methodist Church in Nogales, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Pastor Velazquez is currently serving as the Pastor of Menlo Park United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona. Please keep Pastor Velazquez in your prayers. (4-11-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. David Harriss as the Pastor of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Harriss is currently serving as Associate Pastor at First UMC in Gilbert, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Harriss, St. Michael’s UMC, and First Gilbert UMC during this time of transition. (4-11-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Antonietta Fernandes as the Pastor of a new Hispanic Ministry start in the Las Vegas valley area, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Fernandes is currently serving as Associate Pastor at Green Valley UMC in Henderson, Nevada. Please pray for Rev. Fernandes, the new Hispanic Ministry start, and Green Valley UMC during this time of transition. (4-11-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that he intends to assign Robin Lee to Hope United Methodist Church in Bullhead City, Arizona as Lay Person Assigned effective July 1, 2016 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Robin will soon complete Licensing as a Local Pastor and with the vetting and recommendation of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, it is our expectation that Bishop Hoshibata will appoint Robin as a Local Pastor of Hope UMC. He is currently worshiping and serving as a layperson at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, Arizona. Please pray for Robin, Hope UMC, and First Gilbert UMC during this transition. (4-6-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Fred Heggestad as Pastor of First Henderson United Methodist Church in Henderson, Nevada effective July 1, 2016. Pastor Heggestad is currently serving Spirit of Joy United Methodist Church in Coolidge, Arizona. Please pray for Pastor Fred, First Henderson UMC, and Spirit of Joy UMC during this transition. (4-6-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Pastor Efrain Zavala as the Associate Pastor of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, Sierra Vista, Arizona effective April 1, 2016 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Pastor Zavala has a degree in counseling and has received his Master of Divinity from Dew Theological School.  He comes from the Greater New Jersey Conference. (4-4-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Rula Colvin as the Pastor of Mission Bell United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Colvin is currently serving as Associate Pastor at Velda Rose UMC in Mesa, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Colvin, Mission Bell UMC and Velda Rose UMC during this time of transition. (4-4-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Jimelvia Martin as the Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Martin is currently serving as Pastor at Living Water UMF in Gilbert, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Martin, Calvary UMC and Living Water UMF during this time of transition. (4-4-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Rev. Rock Fremont as the Associate Pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective April 1, 2016 per paragraph 346.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please pray for Rev. Fremont and Central UMC during this transition.  (4-4-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Camille Pentsil as the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tempe, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Pentsil is currently on Leave of Absence. Please pray for Rev. Pentsil and First UMC of Tempe during this time of transition. (4-4-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Kristin Longenecker as the Pastor of Desert Foothills United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2015 per paragraph 346.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Longenecker is currently serving as Pastor of Via de Cristo United Methodist Fellowship in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Longenecker, Desert Foothills UMC, and Via de Cristo UMF during this transition. (3-21-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Melissa Rynders as Pastor of Sanctuary United Methodist, Tucson, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Rynders is currently serving as Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Phoenix. Please keep Rev. Rynders in your prayers. (3-18-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Addressing Immigration Issues at General Conference 2016 (3-18-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Jennifer Lower as the Senior Pastor of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Lower is currently serving at Journey UMF in Maricopa, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Lower, Red Mountain UMC, and Journey UMF during this time of transition. (3-14-16)
  • EVENT - Spiritual Formation event. Click here to download the PDF. (3-9-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Michael Kerr-Osman as the Senior Pastor of Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church in Glendale, Arizona effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Kerr-Osman is currently serving at Desert Foothills UMC in Phoenix, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Kerr-Osman, his family, Dove of the Desert UMC and Desert Foothhills UMC during this time of transition. (3-7-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Alma Aguirre-Olivares as Co-Pastor with Rev. Janessa Chastain at Grace United Methodist Church, Mesa, Arizona effective July 1, 2016 in accordance with Paragraph 318.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Under their leadership, Grace UMC will enter into development of an intentional Multi-Cultural congregation. Please keep Pastor Aguirre-Olivares, Rev. Chastain, and Grace United Methodist Church in your prayers during this time of transition. (3-7-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dan Hurlbert as Senior Pastor at Prescott UMC, Prescott, Arizona effective July 1, 2016.  Rev. Hurlbert currently serves as Senior Pastor of First UMC, Tempe, Arizona.  Please pray for Rev. Hurlbert, his wife, Rev. Susan Root, Prescott UMC, and First UMC, Tempe during this transition time. (2-1-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Task force issues report on core values for Episcopal leadership towards unity (1-27-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - After consulting with both the Cabinet and the Central East District Committee on Superintendency, it is the intention of Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata to appoint Rev. Susan Brims to serve as the new District Superintendent of the Central East District effective July 1, 2016.  Rev. Brims succeeds the Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, who recently announced his retirement. Rev. Brims is currently serving as pastor of Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church, Phoenix, where she has served Dove since July, 2012. Please keep Rev. Brims and her family, as well as the congregation at Dove of the Desert UMC in prayer in this time of transition and change. (1-26-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Faith Stories: The United Methodist Church (1-15-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Addressing the epidemic of gun violence - GBCS (1-14-16)
  • VIDEO - Sarah Hotchkiss: Managing the business of General Conference (1-14-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - A Letter to Martin Luther King Jr - 2016 (1-13-16
  • EVENT - Wesley Pilgrimage registration information. Scholarship application due Feb 15. (1-13-16)
  • RESOURCE - Explore your spiritual gifts. (1-13-16)
  • RESOURCE - Looking for Lent and Easter resources? (1-12-16)
  • RESOURCE - UMW provides bulletin insert for Super Bowl Sunday to help intercept human trafficking. (1-12-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - The DisAbility Ministry Committee of the Desert Southwest Conference is looking for at least one church in each district as a host church for a DisAbility Concerns Workshop. (1-11-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Following prayerful discerning, the Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, has made the decision to retire at Annual Conference 2016. As per the provisions of paragraph 417 of the 2012 Book of Discipline, the Bishop is consulting with both the Cabinet and the Central East District Committee on Superintendency and will be naming a successor to Superintendent Burns in the near future. The Central East District Committee on Superintendency is working on plans to honor Superintendent Burns for his leadership. Please keep all those concerned in this leadership change in your prayers during this important time of transition. (1-11-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Enter the National United Methodist Men Contest. (1-11-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - #CTTalks Launches January Series on Worldwide Nature - Part I (1-8-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Dr. Lawrence Johnson as the Full-Time Interim Pastor, to Zion United Methodist Church of North Las Vegas, Nevada effective December 20, 2015 per paragraphs 338.3 and 246.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Please keep Rev. Johnson and Zion United Methodist Church in your prayers during this time of transition. (1-6-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - United Methodist Denominational Courses Now Offered in Spanish Online starting February 22, 2016. Email admissions@united.edu to find out more. (1-6-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence and Make Our Communities Safer (1-5-16)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Reverend Mark Conrad as the three quarter time pastor of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church effective January 1, 2016 per paragraph 338.2 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. (1-5-16)
  • INM UPDATE - Is saving lives on your New Year's resolution list? (1-5-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Does Leading Worship Demand Holiness? (1-4-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Commentary: Good church members or disruptive disciples? (1-1-16)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Stones crying out: Listening to former atheists (12-30-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Bishop Bob issues a request in his December 27 letter, "The Work of Christmas Must Begin." (12-29-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Are online relationships healthy for teens? - UM Communications (12-29-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Three simple ways to show love this Valentine's Day - UM Communications (12-28-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Leading a church is like going to the moon - UM Communications (12-25-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Happy New Year's resolution for churches: LAUGH! - UM Communications (12-23-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Best New Year's resolutions for connecting with your community - UM Communications (12-22-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - New Year's resolutions to equip new learers! - UM Communications (12-21-15)
  • RESOURCE - Share a message of of peace, hope, and love this Christmas with memes you can use. (12-18-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Joseph took a risk for God, & that's an example we can all follow. (12-17-15)
  • RESOURCE - Looking for ideas to promote Human Relations day? (12-16-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - This Friday, December 18, we recognize International Migrants Day. Learn how the UMW provided a door to the United Nations. (12-15-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Email, chat, or tweet in a Vital Conversation with Rev. Anderson Hooker this Wednesday, Dec 16, at 7:00pm (AZ time). Register at http://conta.cc/1QHRcJR (12-14-15)
  • EVENT - February 2016: Gain practical knowledge on how to create effective small groups. (12-14-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Higher Education and Ministry launched a video contest on Facebook #IAmCalled. (12-14-15)
  • RESOURCE - Jan 18-25, 2016 is the week of prayer for Christian Unity. Share this faith formation resource with the families in your congregation. (12-11-15)
  • RESOURCE - Find help for youth and young adult ministries with the free Field Guide Network. (12-10-15)
  • VIDEO - How does your congregation make disciples? Watch An Invitation to HOPE, then share your story of hope. (12-10-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Camille Pentsil to Medical Leave effective November 30, 2015 per paragraph 357.2 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. (12-9-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Michael Hubbard as Part-Time Interim Pastor to Zion United Methodist Church of North Las Vegas, Nevada effective November 30 to December 20, 2015 per paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Please keep the Zion congregation, Rev. Pentsil and Rev. Hubbard in prayer. (12-9-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Francis Asbury Award Presented to Parents of Kayla Mueller (12-9-15)
  • PRAYER REQUEST - Jan 9, 2016 is the Desert Southwest Conference's day of 24-hour prayer for General Conference. (12-8-15)
  • EVENT - Registration is for Camp Hope opens up on January 4, 2016. (12-8-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - United Methodists Give Generously During #GivingTuesday (12-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - How to recruit volunteers: When begging doesn't work (12-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 5 great sermon ideas for a happy new year (12-4-15)
  • EVENT - Register for a winter camp now. (12-4-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Online forms for dummies: Easy tips to save time and money (12-3-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Join places of worship across the nation in a gun violence prevention rally (12-3-15)
  • EVENT - Register for an awesome weekend retreat for students in grades 6-12 (12-3-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Tom Kiracofe as the Part-time Pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective December 1, 2015 per paragraph 358.6 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Kiracofe is currently a retired member of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference. Please keep Rev. Kiracofe and Aldersgate UMC in prayer during this transition. (12-2-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Connectional Table Talks topic for December is Vital Congregation. (12-2-15)
  • RESOURCE - Plan to give out Bible Patches on Scout Sunday Feb 7 for boys and March 6 for girls. (12-2-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - RETHINK Church campaign encourages churches to identify needs in the community and meet them. (12-1-15)
  • RESOURCE - Looking for resources for helping people cope with violent events? (11-30-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Faith in the Face of Fear - A letter from Bishop Bob Hoshibata (11-24-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Doing some last-minute preparation for United Methodist Student Day? Download the UMSD bulletins today. (11-23-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks (11-20-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Have you benefited from the work of GBHEM? If so, help tell their story by telling your story. (11-19-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Find the General Secretary's full comments on the refugee crisis. (11-18-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 2016 General Conference App is now available for download. (11-18-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - A statement from Thomas Kemper and Global Ministries on the recent attacks in Paris. (11-17-15)
  • VIDEO - Help Mingus Mountain Camp build a High Ropes Challenge Course with prayers for success, a donation towards the build, or sharing this video request during worship or in social media. (11-17-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - General Conference APP (11-16-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Offertory Prayers and Invitation for December 2015 -Discipleship Ministries (11-16-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Get rid of the guilt; create a joyful giving experience (11-10-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Bishops explore topic of leading from the soul. (11-10-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - UMC Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2015. Toolkits in various languages provide tips for promoting giving to Advance Projects Enligh PDF, Spanish PDF, Korean PDF, French PDF (11-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 20 ways to reach out on Veterans Day. (11-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Discipleship Ministries: Join the Global Scholarship Century Ride to Raise Funds (11-2-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Pastor Rolland Loomis as the Part-time Associate Pastor to First United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective July 20, 2015. per paragraph 318.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please keep Pastor Loomis in your prayers. (10-29-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Raven Gaston as the Part-time Chaplain for TMM Family Services in Tucson, Arizona effective October 7, 2015 per paragraph 344.1d of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Please keep Rev. Gaston in your prayers. (10-29-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Find-A-Church new features are now available. Update your church presence today. (10-22-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference registration is now open. (10-23-15)
  • RESOURCE - 100 FREE Advent Postcards available but order before December 1, 2015. (10-22-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Are you or someone you know interested in becoming a General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) Intern? (10-21-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - GBCS working on comprehensive immigration reform, suspension of deportation and detention for immigration reasons. (10-21-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Pledge to participate in Gun Violence Prevention on Sabbath Weekend Dec. 10-14. (10-20-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - You set some goals this year right? Now is the time to measure your success! (10-16-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Next month Discipleship Ministries webinar promises a strong finish for the last 6 weeks of 2015 (10-13-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 11 ways to stand against gun violence (10-12-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Domestic violence has serious consequences and costs for entire families and communities, regardless of ethnic, racial or economic background. (10-9-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - UM Young People Preparing Message for GC and the Entire Church (10-8-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Lloyd Baugues as Pastor at Sunrise United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective October 1, 2015 in accordance with Paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Baugues is a member of the Indiana Annual Conference. Please pray for Rev. Baugues and Sunrise UMC during this time of transition. (10-8-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - BSA STEM Scouts Pilot program launched in Tucson (10-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Is General Conference confusing? Watch #CTtalks each week to understand and engage in the 2016 General Conference. (10-6-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Christine Beaudoin as Part-Time Associate Pastor at Velda Rose UMC, Mesa, Arizona effective September 1, 2015 in accordance with Paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Beaudoin is a provisional member of the Detroit Annual Conference. Please pray for Rev. Beaudoin and Velda Rose UMC during this transition. (10-5-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Pre-General Conference briefing on January 20-22, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. (10-5-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - A call to action from Bishop Bob Hoshibata regarding the college shooting in Oregon. (10-2-15)
  • RESOURCE - GBCS offers downloadable 3-session Bible study on gun violence. (10-2-15)
  • APPORTIONMENTS REPORT -September 2015 apportionment receipts slightly above last year’s level but below historical average. (10-1-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Connect to GCFA App information (10-1-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Bill Mefford pleads, "Tell President Obama to welcome Syrian refugees" (9-31-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Everyone has a story to tell, so tell them! Here's one example of using your story to build relationships and make disciples. (9-29-15)
  • ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEWS - Check out the new deadlines for petitions, rules changes, and more for the 2016 Annual Conference (9-28-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - NEJ and NCJ Notified of Possible Reduction in Bishops (9-24-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Brenda Smith as the part-time Director of Children’s Ministry at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona effective July 1, 2015 per paragraph 331.7 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Smith was commissioned as a provisional deacon at the Desert Southwest Annual Conference this past June. Please pray for Rev. Smith and Paradise Valley UMC during this transition time. (9-21-15)
  • EVENT - Register today for the Dad and Me camp at Mingus Mountain on October 23-25, 2015. (9-18-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 11 Party games and jokes for team building (9-16-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Robert Rynders to Leave of Absence effective October 1, 2015 per paragraph 354.2a of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. Rynders is currently serving as pastor of Sunrise UMC, Phoenix, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Rynders and Sunrise UMC during this transition time. (9-15-15)
  • APPOINTMENTS - Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the Central West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Scott McCutcheon as Part-time Youth Pastor at Dove of the Desert UMC, Glendale, Arizona effective September 1, 2015 in accordance with Paragraph 346.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline. Rev. McCutcheon is a member of the East Ohio Annual Conference. Please pray for Rev. McCutcheon and Dove of the Desert UMC during this transition time. (9-15-15)
  • RESOURCES - UMC Branding 101 and logo files. (9-15-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Official statement from Global Ministries/UMCOR on the refugee situation in Europe. (9-11-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 14 years later, advertising has been an outreach tool of the church. -UM Communications (9-11-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Be a part of worship at General Conference (9-10-15)
  • RESOURCE - Find invitations and offertory prayers for the month of October. (9-10-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Limited sponsorship booths are available at 2016 General Conference. (9-9-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 5 must-have mobile apps for worship - UM Communications (9-8-15)
  • GOOD IDEA IMAGE - How can any church connect with the community and promote healthy living? Lakeview UMC does this by inviting a community business owner to use their church as a class space. (9-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Labor Day approaches and Jerry McGuire, from Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas shares how faith is present at work. (9-4-15)
  • GOOD IDEA IMAGE - How can churches continue to build a strong foundation? One way Paradise Valley does it is by educating the congregation about it. (9-4-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Young People's Ministries: Young people you know annoyed by the fact their mothers are on Facebook? New research shows they are not alone.
  • RESOURCES - United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH is offering United Methodist History in the Spanish language in a fully online format. The class begins September 22 and registration is now open. (9-2-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - August 2015 Apportionment Report (9-1-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Imagine No Malaria Progress report (9-1-15)
  • GOOD IDEA IMAGE - Making God an important part of our daily work, Trinity UMC-Phoenix invites students to bring their backpacks to church for a blessing. (8-31-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - AZ Foundation for Contemporary Theology presents progressive Australian Theologian, Rev. Rex Hunt. (8-28-15)
  • GOOD IDEA IMAGE - Scottsdale UMC makes Blessing of the Pets more inclusive and more inviting for their community. (8-28-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Fractured families seek strength, support - Interpreter Magazine (8-28-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Church & School Partnerships: A Procession of Hopefulness (8-27-15)
  • APPOINTMENT - Rev. Dr. Robert Burns, Superintendent of the Central East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Dorothy Saunders-Perez ¼ time as Minister of Spiritual Formation at Dayspring United Methodist Church effective August 1, 2015. Rev. Saunders-Perez is also appointed ¾ time to attend school at Claremont School of Theology per paragraph 338.4. Please keep Rev. Saunders-Perez and Dayspring United Methodist Church in prayer as she begins school and they begin this work together. (8-21-15)
  • RESOURCES - Because you're a pastor, not a web designer, try UMC web hosting (8-20-15)
  • RESOURCES - Looking for a few good ministry ideas that your community would love you for? (8-19-15)
  • GOOD IDEA IMAGE - A great multi-generational idea from Flagstaff Federated Community Church (8-18-15)
  • RESOURCES - Keep your small groups informed with these simple and free tools. (8-17-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - UMC.org is preparing a series about what The United Methodist Church teaches on the sacraments of Communion and Baptism and church teachings about confirmation, weddings, anointing of the sick, ordination and confession. We are looking for images that show church members participating in these acts and any leads for stories of pastors who are performing the sacraments, weddings, healing services or confirmation in unique ways or locations. We also are working on pieces about small groups and seeking images of small groups meeting, along with contacts for any long-running or wildly popular small groups. Contact UMC.org writer Joe Iovino at jiovino@umcom.org if you have images to share. (8-14-15)
  • RESOURCES - Does your church have a marketing plan? (8-14-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Rediscover, don't reinvent - 5 secrets to church revitalization (8-13-15)
  • RESOURCES - Find out more about the DSC Worship Mentoring collaboration. (8-12-15)
  • GOOD IDEA IMAGE - New Song United Methodist Church - creative communications strategies we can all try. (8-11-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Five great outreach ideas for families. (8-11-15)
  • RESOURCES - Could your children's mission ministry use an extra $8,000-$15,000? Apply to become one of the 2016 UMC Children's Fund recipients. (8-10-15)
  • TRAINING - What are you planning for the older community in and around your church? (8-10-15)
  • RESOURCES - Is your church ordering free resources from the Regional Media Center yet? Membership to this media library is free for DSC churches - thanks to our collective apportionment giving. Accessing the latest small group video study is only a small shipping fee away. (8-7-15)
  • RESOURCES - Getting started with Twitter (8-7-15)
  • EVENT - TRAILHEAD: A high quality discernment, training, and formation event that will expand the concepts of church as we curently know it. (8-6-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Discipleship Ministries Board of Directors Statement Decries Hatred and Hate Crimes (8-6-15)
  • EVENT -  How is God calling your church to respond to the children in your community? Register today for the Children's Ministry Forum on November 17-19 in Little Rock, AR (8-5-15)
  • APPORTIONMENTS REPORT - July 2015 apportionment receipts remained above last year’s level and our 10-year average. (8-4-15)
  • INM REPORT - Together each month we are closer and closer to reaching our goal of saving 200,000 lives from Malaria. (8-3-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Access the official report to the Jurisdictional Council from Bishop Bob (8-3-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - UM Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries announce endorsement of legislation to begin the process of developing a new official hymnal. (7-30-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - United Methodist Women - 200 Women Train for Justice Action at "Interrupting Indifference: Jesus, Justice and the Bible" (7-30-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Redifining ministry through communications technology (7-29-15)
  • EVENT FLYER - The School of Congregational Development is a premier event for United Methodist leaders for equipping Conference leaders, clergy, and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Find out more and register today. (7-28-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Women of Color Scholars Program celebrates its 40th graduate. (7-27-15)
  • EVENT INFORMATION - An experience for those discerning or considering pastoral service within a larger or complex congregational setting. (7-24-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Gathering to Look at Future of Worship in United Methodist Church (7-24-15)
  • EVENT FLYER - Liberty UMC is showing Virtuous on August 7, 2015 at 7:00pm. If your church is interested in hosting a movie screening click here to find out more about licensing. (7-23-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Annual meetings stir human sexuality debates (7-22-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Take an annual church health checkup (7-20-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Women of Color Scholars Program celebrates it 40th graduate. (7-26-15)
  • EVENT INFORMATION - EVENT CANCELLED Chasing Sustainability: Do you know the secret to building relationships that cultivate donors, leaders, advocates, cheerleaders AND disciples? (7-16-15)
  • EVENT INFORMATION - Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation October 25-30, 2015. (7-16-15)
  • FACEBOOK - Faith UMC Facebook featuring photo essay from Rev. Jody Topping at the Wesley Pilgrimage in England. (7-15-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 11 minstakes to avoid in church website design (7-15-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Back to school ministry ideas (7-14-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - UMCMarket relaunch on July 13, 2015. (7-10-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - He was in a cab stuck in traffic. A begger asked for alms... (7-10-15)
  • RESOURCE - Church leadership webinars from Discipleship Ministries. "Planning the Annual Campaign: Pick Authentic Over Attractive!" session starting Thursday, July 16, 2015 (7-9-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Pope Francis' dynamic' encyclical (7-9-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - UMC Market gets upgrade and re-launches July 13, 2015. (7-9-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - United Methodists welcome healthcare ruling (7-8-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - October 30 is the deadline to commit your church to reach beyond the walls and make a difference in a child's life this winter via Sidewalk Sunday School (7-8-15)
  • VIDEO - Locking up immigrants for profit - End immigrant detention. Join #FreeFamilies @GBCSUMC
  • PRESS RELEASE - General Board of Church & Society on Legalizing same-sex marriage (7-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Research study shows church values differ (7-7-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Plan a retreat for your ministry staff (7-6-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Live broadcast your worship service online - free (7-3-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Free access to premium apps via Google for Non-profits (7-2-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - How to reach newcomers to your area with Facebook Ads (6-30-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Volunteers needed for 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference in Scottsdale, AZ (6-30-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Same-sex marriage ruling adds to church debate (6-29-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - 8 last-minute ideas to promote VBS (6-29-30)
  • PRESS RELEASE - United Methodists send a message to Charleston neighbors (6-24-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - Mobile technology monitors health in the DRC (6-23-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - A letter to the Emanuel AME church. (6-23-15)
  • GIVING - You can support various Conference supported ministries. Use the following TMM Family Services (6-21-15)
  • RESOURCE - Download July's Offertory Prayers with an Invitation to the Offering from Discipleship Ministries (6-10-15)
  • PRESS RELEASE - The Desert Southwest Conference United Methodist Men is in search of a new President. The right person needs to love men's ministry and want to see a vibrant men's ministry which includes men of all ages (from 13 to 113 yrs). The two year term of the current President expires on December 31, 2015. The new President will be elected at this year's Men's Renewal weekend, Sept 25-27, in Prescott, AZ. (Winner need not be present, but would be appreciated). For more information about the position contact your current President, Howard Guetherman at Home 623-933-1540, Cell 406-231-8924, or E-Mail howardg33@aol.com. Additional information about the position can be found on the UMC's General Commission on UMM website: www.gcumm.org. (6-4-14)
  • VIDEO - An invitation from UMC Discipleship Ministries to share your story of hope. (6-2-15)
  • TRAINING - Looking for development resources for Children’s Ministry in a New Church Start? You found it! Register for this two-part training webinar. (6-2-15)
  • TRAINING - Have you ever found yourself saying, “Our church doesn’t have any children?” Of course you have children – God’s children are all around us, and waiting for us to go beyond the walls of the church. Register for the Planning Children's Sabbath webinar. (6-2-15)
  • APPOINTMENT - Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Linda Stanley as the Part-time Pastor of San Pedro Valley United Methodist Church in Benson, Arizona and Part-time Associate for Visitation of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2015 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Stanley is currently serving and will continue to serve as Part-time Pastor of Huachuca United Methodist Church in Huachuca City, AZ. (6-1-15)
  • RESOURCE - Get your free Interpreter Magazine subscription today! (6-1-15)
  • RESOURCE - Check out @pocketsmagazine on twitter and find great ideas for children in ministry. (6-1-15)
  • UMCOM NEWS - New UMC Campaign - Changing the face of religion (6-1-15)
  • UMCOM NEWS - Tablets make life easier for Central Conference Delegates (6-1-15)
  • EVENT NEWS - For leaders of youth groups, young adults, and campus ministries: First 15 registrants attend free: June 2-4 (ethnic local church youth/young adult leaders); July 7-9 (campus ministries) (6-1-15)
  • RESOURCE - Nine awesome tools for managing virtual teams (6-1-15)