Religious Landscape Study Describes U.S. United Methodists

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You are right on that our probelm is spiritual

Six years ago I was so broken and confused by the local UMC I had been a member of for 20+ years, I distanced myself from all thing church and went on a quest. I first stumbled into the Heidelberg Catechism and three very modern books about it. After a lifetime of being a good Methodist, Through the guidance of a group of Calvinists from the communion of saints past and present, I learned what all I did not know and understand about basic orthodox Christianity. Christianity went from feeling like rocket science to being simply unfathomable and the Bible started making sense. At age 59, I finally found myself in the wide open space of God's amazing grace; and to quote John Wesley, I was "amazed and humbled into the dust at the love of God through Christ Jesus for me. The church is in a mess because basic orthodox Christianity has not been a fixture in The UMC since sometime in the late 1800's. I next stumbled into Asbury Seminary's renewal effort at; the Daily Text by J. D. Walt picked up the thread and I have never looked back and I have never looked back. As far as I am concerned seedbed and the New Conference is the best hope for the survival of the UMC; where everybody else is just talking, Asbury Seminary is raking decisive action. Walt is currently doing an amazing series on 1 Corinthians and he challenges me on a daily basis to reach higher and dig deeper and move closer in my relationship to God.

Ella Pauline more than 6 years ago

Religious Landscape study

This is an important topic; however, I can't read your graphs - too tiny.

Jay Brim more than 6 years ago

Enlarge them

Please click on the "thumbnail" images. The graphs will open in a slideshow that should be readable.

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 6 years ago

Religious Landscape Study Analysis

Thank you for taking the time to thoroughly examine that study and it's implications for the future of the UMC. The nature of our crisis is so deep that it will very much take an act of God to hold us together. That may not be a bad thing.

Christy Thomas more than 6 years ago


This shows why it is important to limit the input of our African Methodists. Their simplistic view of scripture is what is holding us back from being a truly inclusive church.

Kevin more than 6 years ago


Absolutely, we should be more exclusive in order to become more inclusive. Approximately 40% of United Methodists live in Africa; by 2020 some 50% of UMs will be African. Thanks to our institutionalized suppression of non-U.S. voices, our African brothers and sisters will be represented by only 30% of the delegates to the 2016 General Conference. In this respect we can surely be proud: the UMC now counts 3 of 4 Africans while the U.S. Constitution originally counted 3 of 5. We've come a long way, baby!

John more than 6 years ago