David W. Scott

Lake Houston UMC

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Oct 4, 2017 5:46 PM Global Nature


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This is the second installment in an occasional series of articles from UM & Global comparing the different ways in which Methodist/Wesleyan denominations historically related to The United Methodist Church structure themselves as global bodies. more

May 23, 2017 1:41 PM Global Nature

Climate Buttons

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UM & Global provides a round-up of recent United Methodist resources on caring for God's creation. more

Apr 26, 2017 6:01 AM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

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Movement toward financial independence among West African annual conferences shows both preparation for a possible United Methodist split and for greater control of their future ministry, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Apr 12, 2017 1:58 PM Global Nature

Puzzle Solved

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global laments the dearth of global perspectives at the recent scholars' conference on church unity and human sexuality, because the missing views could offer a path out of the current U.S.-polarized stances. more

Mar 17, 2017 10:23 AM A Way Forward

Ethnic Caucuses Meet

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The UMC has experienced significant overall membership declines over the past two decades, but these have come entirely from the net loss of white members, while United Methodist membership among people of color has grown significantly. more

Mar 13, 2017 2:04 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Immigration Rally

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Dr. David W. Scott, curator for the UM & Global collaborative blog, gathers a list of United Methodist responses to the United States immigration ban more

Feb 8, 2017 12:33 PM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Chicken Talking to Duck

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If mission is, at least in part, about crossing cultural boundaries, then this raises an important question: What counts as a cultural boundary? asks Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Feb 3, 2017 10:55 AM Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott speculates on what will be the top issues for The United Methodist Church in the coming year. more

Jan 9, 2017 3:34 PM Global Nature


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Dr. David W. Scott explains the significance of the recently commissioned class of Earthkeepers related to United Methodist Global Ministries. more

Jan 4, 2017 4:09 PM Global Nature


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Dr. David W. Scott, curator of UM & Global, continues his examination of the confusion about the United Methodist mission statement, focusing on church programming versus genuine spiritual transformation. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Global Nature


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The United Methodist mission statement of "making disciples" often gets misinterpreted by Americans to mean solely increasing church members rather than helping people develop strong spiritual lives, writes David W. Scott. more

Dec 5, 2016 5:32 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

African Delegation

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Dr. David W. Scott outlines the reasons why he thinks African United Methodists will have political control of the proposed special General Conference to vote on whatever comes from the Commission on a Way Forward. more

Oct 14, 2016 9:18 AM Global Nature

Malaysia Beach

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Dr. David W. Scott examines how the Methodist movement expanded in places such as Southeast Asia through cooperation among different Wesleyan churches. more

Oct 4, 2016 1:19 PM Global Nature

David W. Scott finds that American United Methodists have lost their historic gift of making space in their ranks for many different racial and ethnic constituents – a loss that puts the UMC at odds with the country's changing nature. more

Sep 2, 2016 1:18 PM Global Nature 1 Comments

Season of Creation

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Christians of many traditions will join in a worldwide observance Sept. 1 - Oct. 4 to highlight God's creation of the world and the imperative for humans to take better care of it, writes David W. Scott of UM & Global. more

Aug 31, 2016 3:11 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change

Building off recent posts by Dr. Robert Hunt, David W. Scott explores how changes in American society and economy are affecting The United Methodist Church. more

Aug 26, 2016 11:37 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Dr. David W. Scott of the collaborative blog UM & Global reminds us that the special commission on the Council of Bishops' "A Way Forward" proposal will consider more than the debate over human sexuality. more

Aug 4, 2016 4:06 PM Global Nature

Desert Church

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Inspired by Darryl Stephens' current series "Future Prospects," David W. Scott looks at the missional aspect of closing declining U.S. congregations. more

Jul 6, 2016 9:47 AM 1 Comments

Dr. David W. Scott offers a reading list on how The United Methodist Church plans to continue its mission to improve health for people, especially children, worldwide. more

Jun 16, 2016 2:35 PM Global Health, Disasters & Climate Change 1 Comments

U.S. Jurisdictions

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Similar to the Catholic Church's practice of creating "orders" for specific missions, a missional approach to United Methodist structure could foster overall unity while encouraging innovation, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Mar 21, 2018 3:39 PM Global Nature

Family Tree Denominations

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In a follow-up to his previous post on how to support innovation in the UMC, Dr. David W. Scott looks at how evangelical denominations innovate through "organizational multiplication" – making new denominations. more

Mar 15, 2018 12:43 PM Global Nature

Tower of Babel

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If we care about mission, how can we foster innovation in the rigid United Methodist Church, asks Dr. David W. Scott. more

Mar 8, 2018 3:36 PM Global Nature

Dr. David W. Scott compiled a list of readings to show how migrants are benefiting The United Methodist Church around the world. more

Mar 1, 2018 4:24 PM Global Nature

La Trinidad Class

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Methodism in the United States is growing fastest among migrant groups, so how can the UMC leverage this phenomenon to further enhance church growth, asks Dr. David W. Scott. more

Mar 1, 2018 4:05 PM Global Nature

World Methodist Council Denominations

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Methodist/Wesleyan churches organize themselves in many ways, and many stem from British and American influences, but others are independent, says Dr. David W. Scott in his analysis of World Methodist Council members. more

Feb 26, 2018 5:09 PM Global Nature

World Methodist Council Denominations

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Using information from the World Methodist Council, Dr. David W. Scott prepared maps showing the locations of Methodist denominations around the world. more

Feb 23, 2018 1:05 PM

Juarez Mission

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Have a story about mission from your church, conference or individual effort? Share it with the General Board of Global Ministries to celebrate the coming anniversary of United Methodist mission work. more

Feb 20, 2018 3:55 PM Global Nature

GC Plenary 2016

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Dr. David W. Scott analyzes the latest United Methodist membership numbers in light of their implications for the 2020 General Conference. more

Feb 19, 2018 2:10 PM Global Nature

Missionary Commissioning

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Dr. David W. Scott begins a new series from UM & Global, "My Hope for Methodism." more

Jan 19, 2018 7:12 AM Global Nature

Bishops Address Prayer

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The Church of the Nazarene, Wesleyan "cousins" of The United Methodist Church, offer a model of how to maintain "unity in diversity" at their global assembly, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Dec 20, 2017 4:05 PM Global Nature 1 Comments


Creative Commons Share

Denominations are poorly set up to foster relationships, even though such relationships can strengthen the functions of denominations, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Dec 13, 2017 11:22 AM Global Nature

The prospect of a University Senate for African higher education promises a way to help unite African United Methodists, writes David W. Scott. more

Dec 8, 2017 10:38 AM Global Nature

Family Praying

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How might it shift American United Methodists' thinking about church unity if we draw more on the metaphor of family, where differences can be tolerated, instead of the metaphor of friendship that relies on shared qualities? more

Dec 6, 2017 10:14 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Unity dolls

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Dr. David W. Scott analyzes why unity's meaning functionally and organizationally for a denomination is actually a complicated one. more

Nov 29, 2017 3:13 PM Global Nature

The three options for the UMC's future being considered by United Methodist bishops could yield 55 different proposals, says Dr. David W. Scott. more

Nov 28, 2017 11:26 AM Global Nature 5 Comments


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Relationship, humility, and listening may not seem like much, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Yet such elements of deepened spirituality may be exactly where God is leading us in God's mission. more

Nov 20, 2017 3:10 PM Global Nature


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Dr. David W. Scott says that United Methodists can create unity in the denomination it they'll move from superficial acquaintance – or no acquaintance at all – into genuine Christian relationships. more

Nov 16, 2017 12:19 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

Making Connections

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Will the uniquely Methodist organizational model known as "connectionalism" be sufficient to sustain United Methodist unity in the face of staggering divisions? more

Nov 8, 2017 8:04 AM Global Nature


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To foster genuine unity, we need people who not only belong to several groups, but who also work to connect them, writes Dr. David W. Scott. more

Oct 31, 2017 3:58 PM Global Nature