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 155 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 158 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 158 days ago

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    "Christ told us specifically where He would be found and where we were to worship Him as Christians until He came in glory: Christ is in the people who need our help. Christ is in hungry and thirsty people; in people without adequate clothing and shelter; in people who are strangers in a strange land and people who are imprisoned. Any so-called Christianity that ignores or, God forbid, abuses such people is pernicious heresy from the pit of hell. You spit on the Body of Christ in the Chalice when you abuse Him in the body of your neighbor."

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