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 338 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 341 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 341 days ago


Notable Quotes   

   Retired Bishop William Willimon“Part of being in a church is to be with people that you don’t agree with and many of whom you don’t like. As a bishop, I should be the person saying, ‘I’m going to make it as hard as I can for [this division to occur].’”

– Retired Bishop Will Willimon, quoted in the Duke Chronicle, the student newspaper of UMC-related Duke University.

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