What Really Happens When a Church Leaves the UMC

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When the perceived price to stay is greater than the price to leave, churches will leave.

Mike Lyons more than 1 year ago

Response to "What Really Happens ...."

The article misses the point. When the general church refuses to follow the Discipline and the mandates of Scripture then there are some who feel that they can no longer support such a system. Where is the integrity in bishops pressing local churches to pay apportionments while advocating the violation of the Discipline in other areas? These people are not leaving the UMC it has left them.

John Stumbo more than 1 year ago

What really happens

It's not really a matter of the congregations leaving the UMC. It's that the congregations feel the UMC has left the scriptural authority of the Bible and its own Book of Discipline. They probably still believe in the Wesleyan way of salvation.

William Pearsall more than 1 year ago

Mark 2: 27

Ask yourself this question. Is the church made for human or human made for the church? Is a church made for the annual conference or the annual conference made for a church?

Won Un more than 1 year ago

What Really Happens

I would question how much concern the typical member has for church matters outside the local congregation. It would seem here that there is a fear something will be imposed on their church that is contrary to their thinking. Obviously, nothing has happened as of yet and it is a question whether anything will in the future. It is doubtful that appeals to sympathy in the reduction of income to the AC, etc. would carry much weight. If one is so disaffected from the UMC as to secede, why should there be concern about the continuance of the UMC's activities? Given the changing demographics of the UMC, the elephant in the room may be African.

David more than 1 year ago

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