• Read about Leadership in the latest issue of Light & Life Magazine. Read more!

  • The Free Methodist Church – USA is joining 14 other evangelical denominations to form the Immigration Alliance —a national effort that equips local churches to provide legal services to under-resourced immigrants. Click here to watch a 2 minute video!

  • 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!

  • When Free Methodists gather at General Conference 2015 in Orlando, one of the world’s most influential industrial-organizational psychologists will facilitate the discussion on leadership development.

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Reflections on the President’s Immigration Announcement

BY BISHOP DAVID KENDALL

Last evening, President Obama declared his intention to issue “executive orders” whereby presently undocumented persons in the U.S. may move toward permanent legal status. No doubt this will create a flurry of responses from all side of these complex issues, and will tend to generate far more heat than light. Discussion and debate are to be expected and may play a … Read more...

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God Uses Ordinary People

Newly elected Bishop Bacus and Former Bishop Tuan

The Philippine General Conference of the FMC met November 7, 2014, and elected Rev. Alan Palero Bacus as bishop, succeeding retiring Bishop Jim Tuan.

Rev. Bacus describes his family as economically poor but spiritually rich; “My parents loved the Lord and His work.” In the early years of FM work in Davao City, his parents were lay leaders who assisted … Read more...

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Free Methodists to Offer Legal Services for Immigrants



The Free Methodist Church – USA is joining 14 other evangelical denominations to form the Immigration Alliance —a national effort that equips local churches to provide legal services to under-resourced immigrants.

“There is clearly a deep need and a demand for these services,” FMCUSA Chief Operating Officer Larry Roberts said. “Because these services are of such high importance to those who need them, this is … Read more...

Divine Comedy: A Heroic Lefty and a Hefty King

Have you heard the one about the fat man, the southpaw and the toilet?

Everyone loves a good joke. Well, almost everyone. The people who don’t like jokes usually are the people who are the brunt of jokes — those whose identities are made into punch lines. And after the story is told, they are the ones who others are laughing at — not laughing … Read more...

LLM: October 2014

View From the Middle (Age)

I think of myself as young, but society (and my younger co-workers) might not agree.

After all, I’ve never used Netflix, and I own two VCRs. The music of my youth is now on the oldies station, and if I can’t find a song there, I can turn to my cassette collection. When I mention a TV show like “The … Read more...

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 General Conference 2011, but I didn’t expect to have my … Read more...

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Good News on the Pastors’ Housing Allowance

BY LARRY ROBERTS

The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week to strike down the decision of a Wisconsin District Court, which had declared the Pastors’ Housing Allowance unconstitutional. As a result, this wonderful benefit to pastors will remain in effect. The court did not rule on its constitutionality, leaving open that possibility in the future. Rather, the court ruled that the organization … Read more...

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When ‘Dateline’ Covers Your Church

The Pendleton (Oregon) Free Methodist Church played a key role in the Nov. 7 episode of “Dateline NBC.”

The NBC News television show’s entire hour-long episode — titled “Someone Was Out There” — focused on the murder of Amyjane Brandhagen, 19, and an attack on Karen Lange, who was severely beaten with a pipe. Both women attended the Pendleton Free Methodist Church and taught vacation … Read more...

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Bishop Emeritus Robert F. Andrews | 1927-2014

Robert F. Andrews on the “Light & Life Hour” radio broadcast (Courtesy of Marston Memorial Historical Center)

Bishop Emeritus Robert F. Andrews passed into eternity Tuesday, Nov. 11, following complications from a surgical procedure on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Robert Frederick “Bob” Andrews was born in Sedalia, Missouri, on Nov. 26, 1927. He was one of eight children born to Milton and Lydia Andrews. He dearly loved his … Read more...

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West Morris Street’s Century of Ministry

Founding member Ora Stone seemingly returned Sept. 21 to West Morris Street Free Methodist Church to join the centennial celebration of the church on Indianapolis’ Southwest Side.

Praise dancers from Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana join in the celebration of West Morris Street Free Methodist Church’s 100th anniversary.

The church’s 1,400-seat sanctuary — dedicated in 1975 — doesn’t look much like the woodshed where Stone and 65 … Read more...

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Fund to Help India After Devastating Cyclone

Cyclone Hudhud hit the eastern coast of India on Oct. 12 with a force that has not been seen in that area for decades, and members of the Free Methodist Church’s Agape Annual Conference experienced extensive damage in their villages.

“It was the most destructive tropical cyclone to ever hit India. In fact, one estimate is that the damage is between $9 billion and $11 billion,” … Read more...

Top Psychologist to Lead GC15 Group

WRITTEN BY JEFF FINLEY

When Free Methodists gather at General Conference 2015 in Orlando, one of the world’s most influential industrial-organizational psychologists will facilitate the discussion on leadership development.

Rob McKenna

The Human Resources MBA website recently named Rob McKenna, chair of Seattle Pacific University’s department of industrial-organizational psychology and executive director of the university’s Center for Leadership Research and Development, as one of … 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...

Isabella County Restoration House

by Hope Brookens

In the beginning of 2013, our church — Central Michigan Free Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant, Michigan — was approached by Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) about attempts at opening a homeless shelter in Isabella County.

ICRH is a nonprofit organization that has been behind the scenes for years prior, trying time and time again to get some sort of shelter for … Read more...

Wilmore FMC Builds People and Buildings

Article Written by: Martha Evans Sparks

After several years of pencil chewing, prayer, planning and patient giving and saving (we now have about $2 million in our piggy bank), Wilmore [KY] FMC is digging a hole in the ground. We hope it will become a new building with more space for our church to grow and help others.

“Honestly, I don’t get tremendously excited about … Read more...

Embracing All in Shreveport

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This story was submitted by Ronnie Hampton, pastor at New Vision Community Church-Shreveport. Ronnie’s vision and the church’s ministry in the Shreveport area provides a great example of the Free Methodist strategies to “Engage Urban” and “Embrace All“.

Embracing All in Shreveport

By: Ronnie Hampton
After a great focused and informative Gulf Coast Annual Conference, Bishop David and … Read more...

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