Find out what the General Conference of United Methodists said regarding a. Israel and b. evangelizing Jews; if you are interested in a Master of Arts Specializing in Jewish Ministry we know of a terrific opportunity . . .

What’s the story with the General Conference of United Methodists concerning Israel and evangelizing Jews?

Not long ago, the United Methodist denomination announced its intention to follow what seems to be a trend among some Protestant denominations, and divest themselves of any business dealings in Israel. That resolution came to a vote at the denomination’s general conference in Fort Worth, Texas last month. To the surprise (and relief) of many, the anti-Israel resolution was voted down. In celebrating this decision, the American Jewish Committee also praised the denomination for passing a resolution condemning proselytizing of Jews.” News of this spread throughout the Jewish community. Naturally it greatly concerned us Jews for Jesus. The spiritual ramifications for denouncing gospel proclamation to the Jewish people were serious indeed, for the United Methodist church as well as for the Jewish people.

The good news is, the American Jewish Committee got it wrong. In their resolution entitled “Strengthening Bridges”, the United Methodists stated, “The United Methodist Church neither makes the Jews a unique focus of our witness-bearing, nor excludes Jews from our longing that all persons may of their own volition believe in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. We affirm the responsibility to offer the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all in witness that is winsome and respectful of the culture and religious convictions of others.” You can read the full statement here.

Master of Arts Specializing in Jewish Ministry:

The summer program for the MA training in Jewish Ministry at Western Seminary is underway. The current in-residence module at the Portland, Oregon campus begins June 23 and includes: Jesus the Messiah in the Old Testament, taught by John Sailhamer; Jewish History, taught by Tuvya Zaretsky; and two courses taught by Western Seminary faculty–Discovering and Developing Your Ministry Potential and Thinking Theologically About Ministry. Anyone interested in pursuing the Master of Arts, a certificate or diploma in this concentration can contact Tuvya Zaretsky for more information.”