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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

Of 11 delegates around the world contacted by United Methodist News Service, five from the United States and one from Liberia were willing to give their early impressions of the unity proposals under consideration. more

Mar 14, 2018 4:22 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

There is something profoundly wrong at the heart of The United Methodist Church, contends the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. And it is called the Evangelical Takeover. more

Mar 13, 2018 4:15 PM Christy Thomas 7 Comments

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

United Methodist bishops can save the denomination from schism if they come up with a truly creative alternative, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Mar 2, 2018 10:27 PM Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Bishop John Yambasu expressed hope “for a revived and transformed United Methodist Church … built on the strong foundations of biblical authenticity.” more

Mar 2, 2018 5:53 PM A Way Forward

UMW Speak

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Yes, I make mistakes, and I try to correct them and keep going. more

Mar 2, 2018 2:34 PM Views from a Ridge 7 Comments

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

The Council of Bishops considered the Way Forward models during a meeting in Dallas. more

Mar 1, 2018 3:28 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

The Council of Bishop continues discuss the Way Forward proposals now clarified more by the commission. more

Feb 28, 2018 4:37 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Council of Bishops is trying to hold The United Methodist Church together despite its divergent opinions about Scripture and homosexual practice, but what if God's will is for the UMC to die in order to be reborn? more

Feb 28, 2018 4:22 PM Christy Thomas 5 Comments

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

SMU Dallas Hall

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Dividing The United Methodist Church will result in more splits and confusions down the line, from liturgy to mission to property, than we imagine, writes the Rev. Ted A. Campbell. more

Feb 23, 2018 5:38 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

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

Bishop Francisco Presides

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A combined meeting of four leadership bodies, members of the Commission on A Way Forward gave the first public report on the three United Methodist unity proposals they've sent to the Council of Bishops. more

Feb 12, 2018 4:52 PM A Way Forward 9 Comments

The eventual loss of a single word in our identity is a blessing for some, but a tragedy for all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:47 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Global Mission

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As we pray for the work of Commission on A Way Forward, the Rev. James C. Howell says he finds himself pondering the practical implications of a church split, and his ruminations aren't encouraging. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:36 PM A Way Forward 10 Comments

Using the Christian sense of "requiem" as both death and resurrection, the Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence lays out hope and options for The United Methodist Church in its unity struggle. more

Feb 7, 2018 10:25 AM A Way Forward