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There is no perspective

Because collectively we believe nothing in particular when it comes to theology, how the church functions, what God requires of us in this life, the role of scripture... and the list could probably go on. I monitored a myriad of voices within the UMC for four years and the spectrum of perspectives, as you call it, is mind boggling. There is no clear understanding of what it means to be a United Methodist--collectively the open doors, open hearts and open minds describes us perfectly: we want people to come join us in our whatever. Locally, I went through a series of three pastors who could not have been more different from each other; since the local church was used to "supporting the pastor in their ministry", the church ended up chasing down multiple trails of relevancy; I became so lost and confused I have distanced myself from the church! People talk about Big Tent Methodism as being a plus--I now call it insane! People get frustrated at the lack of leadership from Bishops; how can they lead when there is no clear understanding who we are and what it is we are supposed to be doing. I told a friend from the local church, "Whenever you figure out who you are and whatever it is you think you are supposed to be doing, call me. Ditto to the denomination!

Betsy more than 5 years ago