Five Ways the United Methodist Church Can Move Forward

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Another Way to Move Forward

You didn't mention the most obvious way we have to move forward: split up. We are no longer a United Church. I don't believe we ever have been, but it is definitely less so today than it was 40 years ago. As long as any part of the church seeks to force its views on any other part, this disunity will remain. We should part amicably, share resources in a just and fair way, and focus on doing ministry the way we feel led without nagging, criticizing and pouting at each other. There are scriptural precedents for that (Paul and Barnabas), there are traditional precedents (the Plan of Separation of 1844 being one), there are reason-oriented arguments for it that have been made in abundance over the last few years, and there can probably be ways to relate such a division to experience (as we would reflect the divided world in which we live, as well as our divided families and households, congress, et al). Bless God, let us quit the yah-yah-ing and instead of trying to reform a church that doesn't want to be reformed, get busy doing what we feel led to do (regardless of which side of the arguments you are on).

Brad Scott more than 5 years ago

Retired Bishops

Anne, if Bishops are afraid to give prophetic leadership before retirement are they really prophetic leaders in retirement?

William Clegg more than 5 years ago

reclaiming the heart Methodism

Our primary task is to reclaim the motivating power of the proclaimed message Duke Professor of Preaching Richard Lischer communicates so well in his book The End Of Words. 2 Cor.5 becomes his claim for an authentic gospel which places God at the center of reconciliation and offers to us the ministry of reconciliation.

We do not make disciples as the UMC suggests. God makes disciples of those who respond gratefully to God's reconciling and redemptive work in Christ, empowering us to engage in the ministry of reconciliation.

As a veteran of 52 years as a UMC pastor, most of the preaching I hear is exhortation, not proclamation. However worthy may be exhortation, proclamation becomes the motivation for new perspectives on life, church, and institutions which spread the Word around.

Fred Reese more than 5 years ago

Bishops, sitting and retired.

Most of the prophetic leadership that we see comes from the retired bishops, who, I guess, have nothing left to fear from Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committees. I would hate to give that up.

Retired bishops are a source of fellowship and good advice during the rigors of General Conferences. I would miss them

Anne Ewing more than 5 years ago

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