LLM: September 2014

Let’s Meet at GC15 Other than a one-day visit in the 1990s to see relatives, ...

LLM: September 2014

Let’s Meet at GC15 Other than a one-day visit in the 1990s to see relatives, I had never attended a general conference until 2011 despite being a Free Methodist for most of my life. I assumed general conference mainly consisted of boring business meetings. As a new denominational employee, I expected to be busy during […]

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A Great Gathering with Kingdom Purpose

One of the grandest gatherings of Free Methodists in history will take place in Florida in 2015. It certainly will not be the biggest. I have attended some very large Free Methodist events in other countries. It will not even represent the largest body of Free Methodists to host a conference. There are far more […]

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A Calling of Skilled Delegates

First and foremost, General Conference 2015 is a gift from God and praise to God. It is all about focusing on God, not on our personal desires for the church. Where does God want His people to go? What vision can we cast for the future mission of our church? How can we best put […]

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General Conferences to Remember

Since the early years of Free Methodism, general conferences have played a key role in shaping the doctrine, structure and direction of the church. General conferences have been held every four years since 1862 except for three five-year and two six-year interludes. Here are a few important moments at past general conferences: 1862  The denomination’s […]

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Churches on Mission for GC15

You don’t have to be a megachurch to send a significant number of people on a mission trip. The Keystone Annual Conference recently honored two local churches for signing up many of their worshippers for General Conference 2015 mission trips that will run from July 8–16, 2015. “We’re to be glocal, doing ministry globally as […]

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FMYC Deepens Faith, Connections

One of the most important moments of the Free Methodist Youth Conference occurred July 8 when teens stood up and expressed newfound faith in Jesus Christ. “The love of God for you is more than I can explain. The love of God over your life will never go away,” speaker Phil Manginelli told the new […]

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Global Connections

At General Conference 2011, I saw a strikingly beautiful woman walking down the sidewalk. I greeted her and learned she was from Kenya, where her passion was reaching out to widows and orphans. “Oh,” I exclaimed, “our church’s Christmas offering was for Kenyan widows.” “That was you?” she responded, surprising me that we had been […]

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Inspired to Serve

Dana and Sally Perkins of New Beginnings FMC in Butler, Pennsylvania, couldn’t stop thinking about winter weather as they left a general conference session on a warm day in July 2011. They didn’t know the details, but they knew God gave them an idea to do something about homelessness in their community. They wondered: “How […]

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When Fellowship Becomes More Than a Potluck

I hadn’t been out of the country before, but here I was in November 2011 at 25 years old, headed to a communist country with Monacrest Free Methodist Church of Monaca, Pennsylvania. I’d been on plenty of mission trips with the church I grew up in, but those had been to the small town of […]

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