Jurisdictions Are Not Central Conferences

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Your Devil is Too Small


If you think "conservatives" are the enemy "condemn(ing) the church... to decline" your Devil is too small.

I, and many others, welcome further consideration of polity and, if need be, voting at General Conference.

Work, as we are encouraged to do, within our polity to change those things we hear God calling us to change (I do hope we're not only acting on pragmatism alone) and try to assume that those you disagree within the body of Christ are trying to be as faithful as you are trying to be.

I'll try to do the same.

John Leek more than 9 years ago

Difference between Jurisdictional and Central Conferences

This rule is a holdover from the 1939 unification, where it was expected that everyone in the U.S. worshipped from the same order of worship (printed on the inside of the front flyleaf of the hymnal), operated on the same values, and that everyone was Anglo. (Ethnic churches were in the Central Jurisdiction or Provisional Annual Conferences.) Such is no longer the case. We gave the freedom to be adaptative to Central Conferences because most covered multiple countries and multiple cultures. We assumed that this was not necessary in the U.S.

We made the wrong assumption.

However, we'll pay hell to get this anachronism changed: the conservatives in the U.S. can count votes as well as anybody. They know that if the grace given to Central Conferences (or if the U.S. itself becomes a Central Conference with five internal Jurisdictions), their votes will be outweighed by those of the liberals and moderates, combined. They will work with the Central Conferences to make sure that this privilege of adaptation stays with the Central Conferences---and to make sure that the U.S. does not become a Central Conference.

How sad it is that efforts at maintaining "doctrinal purity" condemn the churches in the U.S. to decline while the churches that can be adaptative can grow.

Tom Griffith more than 9 years ago