Holding the UMC Hostage 04 - The Conclusion

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Holding the UMC Hostage

I'm amazed and disappointed that Rev. Andy Langford's proposal and Rev. Jeremy Smith response deal with only one-half of the United Methodist mission statement in the Discipline: "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. " The general boards that seem to be in disfavor, Church and Society, Global Ministries, and United Methodist Women, are the very ones that are working in behalf of us United Methodists for the transformation of the world in ways that move toward achieving "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Howard W. Hallman more than 4 years ago

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“The period of Lent is given us to focus on what can be changed by listening carefully to the word of God. The word of God brings the clarity about injustices, but also how we are given a new opportunity to change injustices to justice. God has given that we in the death of Jesus Christ have been liberated from our trespasses as he was raised for our justification.”

– The Rev. Olav Fyske Tveit, top executive of the World Council of Churches, in a March 20 sermon marking World Water Day.


The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, lays out his agency’s plans to help United Methodists reach people for Jesus. He addressed his agency’s board in Nashville, Tenn.“We have tried to reverse this decline by trying to offering technical fixes, tinkering with our worship services, collecting huge amounts of data, tinkering with metrics and then when the metrics didn’t fit the picture we wanted, we readjusted the metrics.  [United Methodists] can’t program our way back to vitality; there is no quick fix."

– The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries, unveiling his goals for the agency to create 1 million new Christian disciples over the next four years, reported by Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service.

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