News and Views

May 2016

Fasten your seat belt – thoughts on Exponential 2016

May 23, 2016

After fumbling to get my seat belt fastened on the plane, I was ready to go to Orlando, Florida, to attend the Exponential Conference at First Baptist Church.

Multiplication, discipleship and relationships at Exponential 2016

May 23, 2016

Exponential 2016, a three-day event held in Orlando, Fla., drew more than 5,000 church planters from around the world, including more than 30 people from the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

May 20 wrap-up: Budget passes, with increase

May 21, 2016

General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020, a slight increase over the $603.1 million approved at the 2012 General Conference.

May 19 wrap-up: New missionaries, special GC costs

May 20, 2016

A day after tabling potentially contentious legislation on human sexuality, General Conference 2016 moved through its calendar at a steady clip, possibly noticing that time to finish its task is running short.

A response to the BWC Board of Ordained Ministry

May 20, 2016

This Open Letter to the Clergy Members of the Baltimore-Washington Conference below first appeared May 13 in the blog Cross + Purposes. It was written by the Revs. Charles and Stanley Harrell. Since then, several others have signed on to the...

May 18 wrap-up: Sexuality dominates debate in unexpected ways

May 19, 2016

Last week it was debating how to debate. Today, it was voting on whether to vote. A day of tension, frustration and confusion ended in a decision to “put a pin in it.”