United Methodist Hour Then and Now The United Methodist Hour began as a radio program in 1971. Reverend John McCay, serving as Superintendent of Hattiesburg District of United Methodist Church at that time, supervised the start-up of the half hour program dedicated to spreading the gospel. By 1975, the program was airing on 15 radio stations across Mississippi. Executive Directors who followed McCay continued to expand the ministry to include what is now a half hour television program, which is broadcast on 16 television stations throughout Mississippi and other states in the Southeast. Time That Makes The Difference currently can be viewed throughout the United States, on line, and through The Hour's podcast. The United Methodist Hour has consistently won broadcasting awards from Mississippi Baptists in Broadcasting and United Methodist Association of Communicators ( UMAC ). From the humble beginnings of The United Methodist Hour, there has always been a spirit of love and a hunger for fulfilling God's will in the life of this ministry. God has continually blessed this ministry, preparing it for and pushing it toward new goals. It is this spirit that makes The United Methodist Hour's history a special and meaningful one. The faith of men and women who pioneered a new kind of ministry in Mississippi and in Methodism, along with those who continue the tradition of ministry today, is what has made the difference. * * * * Coverage of Conference business sessions and worship services during its annual meetings each year. The Hour coverage is projected onto video screens during the proceedings and is taped to provide video archives for conference libraries. Additionally, dvds are offered to anyone who may want a copy of worship services for their own library. * * * * Guest preaching by The Mississippi Conference Bishop on Time That Makes The Difference the first Sunday of each month. This provides an avenue for the bishop to share words of faith with those who may not otherwise have that opportunity. Watch these programs on our viewer on the home page. * * * * The airing of United Methodist ministry ads during Time That Makes The Difference television programs. These are edited into our programs to offer another place that others may see how United Methodist Church ministers to the world. The United Methodist Hour is thankful to be a part of reaching others through the work of Mississippi United Methodist Conference The mission of The United Methodist Hour is to, through media and technology, proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and to resource the local church to live faithfully and boldly in the world.