Lessons from a Failed Plan



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The primary finding of the market research done by Towers and Watson

A massive distrust deficit by laity in the leadership of the church. The recent UMComm theological survey of rank and file American UM members explains such a trust deficit: Bishops and other church leadership are trying to take the church in a direction many of us do not want to go. Theological diversity may be all well and good from a denominational perspective; at the grassroots level it is anything but when the local church starts blowing in the wind with whoever walks in the door and starts implementing their particular understanding of who we are and what we are supposed to be. There is absolutely no need to go church hopping; if you sit in the pew long enough another new church will appear.

betsy 61 days ago

UMC bishops: No thinking outisde-the-frocks!

I’ve no idea how deep and wide your “market research” was for the 2012 meeting, but there was essentially none that I could see for this 2019 waste of time and money. Market research is where you ask questions of your target customers in key markets. I’ve seen no such attempt by UMC leadership to ask the pew-sitting, tithe-paying members what they think.
In fact, this current group of bishops hand-picked a way forward group and had them hold CLOSED meetings, fed them what to consider and seemingly discouraged any outside-the-frocks thinking. It has been a marketing plan most similar to growing mushrooms.
Any honest market research, in other words, based on what the “customers” think, would have clearly indicated non-negotiable, irreconcilable moral and social opinions. A significant portion of us are not only Methodists, but we are also citizens of communities which have moral traditions which we expect our church to reflect and uphold. We have children who we want to continue those traditions and moral codes and we will not accept our house of worship attacking those.
My personal observation is that the UMC bishops are much like the corporate middle-management I knew over decades: their priorities become the protection of their comfy positions and any challenges are neither sought nor welcome.

Reese 65 days ago

and also..

it seems like that for many....the real objective is to make sure those $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ keep a'comin! After all...what happens to the Episcopacy should the number of them needed is reduced to half...if that many

a edwards 64 days ago

Notable Quotes   

     Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata preaches on the healing power of love at the April 26 evening service at the 2012 General Conference."To be God’s people is to be reminded that God is the Creator of each of us. We are all part of the human family. And in our human relationships we come face-to-face with a wide and wonderfully diverse family of individuals each unique but each beloved by God. Although we do not always agree, I believe it is important for us to know that we hold more in common with one another than any differences that keep us from caring for one another."

– Bishop Bob Hoshibata, God’s People Journeying Together, Desert Southwest Annual Conference website.


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