Gull Lake UMC Embraces “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors”



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In 2008 worship attendance was listed at 226. In 2017 it was listed as 106, with decline in every year but one. That is common among midwest UM churches, and not just 'liberal' ones. The challenges facing the future of this congregation, and thousands of others, is far far more than this one issue. Churches that go out of their way to say they welcome OR they exclude 'gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender-transvestite-queer-questioning-bisexual-intersex-asexual-nonbinary-etc' as crucial to their specific descriptions of welcome tend to be viewed as loose-goosey libertine or sexually obsessed repressive. Meanwhile the independent or charismatic church down the street is the origin of that great sucking sound of the 96% of men and women and millennials connecting with Jesus through their doors, who do not self-identify by sexuality. Think churches like neighboring independent Gracespring, with a staff of 20 (12 of whom are millennial), 5 pastors, attendance in the hundreds, and 'on the wrong side of history.' We bicker over sexuality while groups like these (which tend to be very conservative) are eating our lunch and harvesting fruit while we swing at each other with rakes.

Bob more than 2 years ago

The Meaning of Open

Open means open to God's Word, God's Spirit, God's Way of Life. It means welcoming sinners to a new way of life in Christ. It most certainly does not mean open to sin, open to worldly living. Things like murder, stealing, adultery and sexual perversion must be surrendered for this New Life to take effect. Paul and Wesley knew these things must be excluded and they said so over and over.

John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.”

Skipper more than 2 years ago

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