• Read about Rest and the Rat Race in the latest issue of Light & Life Magazine. Read more!

  • National Prayer Coordinator discusses more details for the upcoming event. Learn more about the National Prayer Summit.

  • In conjunction with General Conference 2015, church members from ages 13 and up will have the option to serve on a six-day mission trip in Florida or Caribbean destinations. Click here for more information!

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Missionary Phyllis Sortor Has Been Released

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We thank God Phyllis Sortor, Free Methodist missionary to Nigeria, was safely released today, Friday, March 6, early evening Nigeria time, into the care of authorities and Free Methodist Church leaders. She had been abducted February 23. We are deeply grateful to all who prayed for Phyllis’ safe return.

Phyllis, age 71, has devoted many years to the people of Africa, a land … Read more...

Churches Subject to Health Care Penalties

BY LARRY ROBERTS

For years, taxes and fines were things we never had to worry about in churches. Not so today.

The Internal Revenue Service has reversed itself regarding certain actions associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and churches may now be subject to those onerous penalties of $100 per employee per day for making payments on behalf of employees (like reimbursing individual health … Read more...

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Bob Haslam | 1928–2015

Robert Bruce Haslam, 86, died Jan. 28 after a brief illness. Haslam served the Free Methodist Church – USA in many capacities for more than 50 years: pastor of churches in the Midwest and on the West Coast, missionary to the Philippines and longtime Free Methodist World Missions executive. For tens of thousands of magazine readers and countless freelance writers, he was known as Bob … Read more...

This Friends of Haiti Organization building was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

Five Years After Haiti’s Earthquake

The Friends of Haiti Organization building was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and killed more than 230,000 people — including Free Methodist World Missions missionary Jeanne Acheson-Munos, Volunteers in Service Abroad missionaries Gene Dufour and Merle West, and Friends of Haiti Organization caretaker Erlin Blot.

FMWM missionary Jack Munos and VISA missionary Katie Zook were … Read more...

Pacific Coast Northwest Conference Superintendent Matt Whitehead reunited Oct. 16 with Iris and Don Riggs. Whitehead did his seminary internship with Don Riggs at the Free Methodist Church in Newberg, Oregon. (Courtesy of Matt Whitehead)

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Pacific Northwest Conference Superintendent Matt Whitehead reunited Oct. 16 with Iris and Don Riggs. Whitehead did his seminary internship with Don Riggs at the Free Methodist Church in Newberg, Oregon. (Courtesy of Matt Whitehead)

The Free Methodist Church’s strategies include “Cultivate Health,” “Develop Leaders,” “Disciple Deeply,” “Embrace All,” “Engage Urban,” “Go Global,” “Honor Fruitfulness,” “Multiply Ministries” and “Partner Strong.” Even before the bishops formally articulated … Read more...

The Global Wesleyan Alliance meets at the World Ministries Center.

Free Methodists Host Global Wesleyan Alliance

The Global Wesleyan Alliance meets at the World Ministries Center.

The Global Wesleyan Alliance convened its fourth annual meeting Dec. 5-6 at the Free Methodist World Ministries Center in Indianapolis.

Eleven of the 12 covenant members were present to hear reports, review vision and strategy for 2015, elect officers, appoint the executive director, approve the budget for 2015, and hear presentations by special guests.

“We … Read more...

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This photo was taken of Bethel Worship Center — a Free Methodist preaching point in Tulsa, Oklahoma — before tornadoes hit the area.

Church Damaged in Oklahoma Storms

This photo was taken of Bethel Worship Center — a Free Methodist preaching point in Tulsa, Oklahoma — before tornadoes hit the area.

Bethel Worship Center in Tulsa is looking for another place to worship on Palm Sunday after becoming one of many buildings to receive damage from severe storms — including tornadoes — that hit Oklahoma on Wednesday, March 25.

“Their sanctuary is soaked … Read more...

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Teens to Be Challenged, Inspired at GC15

BY JEFF FINLEY

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Teenagers shouldn’t expect a passive experience July 13–16 when they attend General Conference 2015 at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“You have the choice to be challenged or not. If you want challenge to grow and challenge to actually make an impact and a difference in the world, we might be one … Read more...

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Bob Haslam | 1928–2015

Robert Bruce Haslam, 86, died Jan. 28 after a brief illness. Haslam served the Free Methodist Church – USA in many capacities for more than 50 years: pastor of churches in the Midwest and on the West Coast, missionary to the Philippines and longtime Free Methodist World Missions executive. For tens of thousands of magazine readers and countless freelance writers, he was known as Bob … Read more...

This Friends of Haiti Organization building was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

Five Years After Haiti’s Earthquake

The Friends of Haiti Organization building was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and killed more than 230,000 people — including Free Methodist World Missions missionary Jeanne Acheson-Munos, Volunteers in Service Abroad missionaries Gene Dufour and Merle West, and Friends of Haiti Organization caretaker Erlin Blot.

FMWM missionary Jack Munos and VISA missionary Katie Zook were … Read more...

Fire Causes Severe Damage to Church

A fire caused major damage Thursday, Jan. 15, to the Free Methodist Church in Burlington, Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press reported Friday, Jan. 16, that Fire Marshal Barry Simays said the fire’s cause would be listed as “undetermined” because structural damage — including a roof collapse — prohibited investigation of the burned 1903 church building, which lacked insurance.

“The power has been shut off to … Read more...

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Pastor/Professor Shares Early Christian View of Psalms

Christians today are at a loss for how to read the Psalms. Many of us know the Psalms have played an essential role in Christian life and thought throughout the history of the church, but we have fallen out of practice in praying them and so are largely unfamiliar with how the Psalms can make us better disciples. In “Make the Words Your Own: Read more...

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New Vision in Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

The atmosphere was alive with the spirit of celebration in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, as the newly planted New Vision Community Church – Shreveport of the Free Methodist Church – USA Gulf Coast Conference participated in the annual Krewe of Harambee Martin Luther King Jr. parade.

Promoting community outreach through Takin’ it to the Streets Inc. — a community outreach program headquartered at New Vision Community … Read more...

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St. Charles FMC Hosts Winter Train Display

St. Charles Free Methodist Church is opening its doors to children of all ages for a few more weeks for its “Winter Train Display” featuring a Christmas village and electric trains, both modern and antique. The free display can be viewed at the church, 214 Walnut St., St. Charles, Illinois, from 12 to 7 p.m. each Saturday until the end of January. Special showings for your Scout … Read more...

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Capturing Christmas

Some people only attend church services on Christmas and Easter. They venture out just a few times a year to remind their families that they have some semblance of religion. Most don’t have a saving faith in Jesus. Many don’t even retain much respect for the Church. Nonetheless, the pull of tradition draws them to their nearest place of worship on these rarest of occasions.… Read more...

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Thousands Served in Shreveport

The Takin’ It to the Streets Inc. team in Shreveport, Louisiana, ministered July 19 to about 2,500 Shreveport-Bossier City residents with items of necessity and resource information to improve residents’ quality of life and to build strong spiritual foundations. The host was the Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant annex, Orleans Field, where 150 ministries and service agencies pooled their resources to provide for the poor and needy of … Read more...

Emily Wagler shares about her experiences at FMYC 2014. (Photo courtesy of David Turner)

Called at FMYC

Emily Wagler wrote this testimony and shared it with the Hillsdale (Michigan) Free Methodist Church following her trip to the Free Methodist Youth Conference 2014 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Emily Wagler shares about her experiences at FMYC 2014. (Photo courtesy of David Turner)

God accomplished some amazing things at FMYC. I can’t thank the HFM church enough for all of your support making it possible … Read more...

Second Location Launched for Job Club

It was just over three years ago that Mark Willett, church delegate from King’s Church (Penwortham Free Methodist Church) responded to Bishop David Roller’s call at the U.K. Annual Conference to take risks and try out new things to reach our communities. After pioneering the area’s first church-based work club in October 2011 in Penwortham meeting every Thursday morning. Willett and his team partnered with … Read more...

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