7 Suggestions on How to Begin to Restructure the UMC

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Help me out here

Anonymous has consistently argued power lies with the individual annual conferences under the UMC’s governance system. Our Bishop and clergy leadership in South Georgia tell us it’s too hard for an Annual Conference to leave as a whole. Which is it? If true power lies with an Annual Conference, why can’t it not leave as a whole understanding those Congregations that prefer to remain affiliated with the UMC will be allowed to become a part of an Annual Conference which chooses to remain a part of the UMC? Since we are being told by our leadership in South Georgia that nothing will change in South Georgia (yeah, right) it seems our only options are to try to lead our individual congregations out of the South Georgia Conference through the newly adopted disaffiliation process or to individually leave the denomination. Staying the course as suggested by our well-meaning Bishop is not a realistic option. Part of our gifts to the Church will continue to go to support Bishops and Agencies who openly or quietly seek to defy General Conference, so Traditionalists are acting hypocritically financially supporting those whose agendas violate our principles. So what is our answer? Just leave and wipe the dust off our feet? I know you advocated for the Connectional Conference Plan, but that idea seems to have no traction.

John 145 days ago

Ben, Anonymous Where are you?

I was really hoping for some objective answers to my questions.

John 143 days ago

No answers?

Darn, the silence is deafening. I guess no answers will be forthcoming.

John 141 days ago

What about the rest of the church?

I like a lot of your ideas, but you seem to be only talking about 55% of the church. How would any of these ideas apply to the central conferences? Does the compound have room for them, too?

Jan Nelson 139 days ago

I'm not sure what the proposal is.

Is Ben suggest the CCP? Sometimes analogies are good, but you need to understand the actual suggestion as well.

Anonymous 145 days ago

Re Org

Each local church owns its takes control of its asserts and liabilities and each goes to its own corner

Annual conferences would have to sell themselves to enough local churches to stay in business

This works fine for all free churches like the Baptist’s and the Buddhists and the Hindus

The UMC has been dying since 1970. The current business plan and leadership are lost and losing.

Richard F Hicks 146 days ago

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