Is The United Methodist Church Dysfunctional?

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What you present...

is a description of the UMC that probably describes every other declining mainline denomination in America. I find myself wondering that if the UMC can not make a unique contribution to the Christian landscape in America, why bother?

Ella Pauline more than 3 years ago

I want to find

...something :functional." Institutions, like families, all possess a mix of functionality and the lack of it. We do better than many: look at the Catholics, Mormons, and Southern Baptists.

George Nixon Shuler more than 3 years ago

John Wesley would cringe at this statement

"I am a United Methodist because we have an open theology which hangs on to tradition and Bible but lets experience and reason temper our expressions of faith." And I can testify that this so-called open theology leaves the rank and file person in the pew learning a whole lot about nothing in particular. That is NOT what made early Methodism a vibrant and successful movement. And if you try to use John Wesley's sermon "Catholic Spirit" to defend this "open theology", then you need to make a careful study of the much ignored second half of that sermon that describes a person with a truly catholic spirit. He never intended for the catholic spirit to be used as an excuse for multiple theologies to exist within one denomination; he was very protective of what was taught in the Methodist Societies while respecting the beliefs of others who were not part of early Methodism under his supervision. The amount of messiness currently present in the UMC exceeds my expectations of messiness and dysfunctionality that I would expect to see in any organization that hopes to survive; and that messiness and dysfuntionality all centers around a lack of consensus when it come to who God is and who we are and what God expects of us in this lifetime as well as how the church functions. And that creates a toxic atmosphere for the person in the pew.

Ella Pauline more than 3 years ago