Walking the Path of ‘Dangerous Unselfishness’



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LMAO - There's Nothing Dangerous About This Action

If there was the possibility of any negative consequences from these actions then you might have some reason to call them "dangerous." The fact that both congregations are RMN affiliated already puts them in violation of UMC discipline that forbids congregations from identifying with particular movements. The fact that you know your DS or bishop won't do squat to uphold the Discipline against anything these congregations did puts you squarely in the category of cheap grace. This is the way the UMC ends, not with a bang but with a whimper.

Dan more than 3 years ago

2 more failing churches.....

According to this article, on March 25th of this year, 2 United Methodist "sister congregations" voted overwhelmingly to support gay marriages and United Methodist pastors who perform them. Both churches are part of the Metro District of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. According to UMData, the membership and attendance figures from both churches are dismal.

Membership in one of the churches, St Stephen, fell from 205 to 151 from 2007 to 2016, the last year for which data is available. This is a drop of 26.3%. The falloff from 2011 to 2016 has been particularly drastic, 27%, or 5.5% PER YEAR.

Average weekly attendance at St Stephen is also down, going from 99-86, 11% over the last 9 years, although basically holding steady for the last 5 years.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church is no better. Over the same 9 year period, membership fell from 295 to 202, a drop of 28%. Attendance dropped from 181 to 121, or 34.6%. Interestingly, attendance actually rose from 185 to 209 from 2007 to 2012. It then fell precipitously in 2013 to 166 (20.6%), plateaued for 2 years, and then dropped another 28% in 2016 to 121. That is a loss in average weekly attendance of 42% in 4 years, or 10.5% PER YEAR.

This is the future of our church if the local option is adopted.

In Christ,

The enemy hates clarity

theenemyhatesclarity more than 3 years ago

True Facts

As a member of St. Stephen from 2008 to the present, I can affirm the statistics. However, there are many reasons for a decline in membership. Other UMC churches in the Mesquite area have also experienced a decline. What I found most interesting, though, is that Northaven, another Reconciling Congregation in the North Texas Conference (one that also adopted a similar proposal), experienced an increase in membership until 2016, when there was a sharp decrease in membership, 749 in 2015 to 595 in 2016. I'm not sure why that would be but a possibility might have been the contentious 2016 General Conference?
John Astle
Associate Editor
United Methodist Insight

John Astle (United Methodist Insight) more than 3 years ago

Dare to Love

Brave members who dare to love will follow in the footsteps of St. Stephens and Oak Lawn.

Haters of God's children need not apply to the UMC.

Ben more than 3 years ago

St. Stephen and Oak Law UMC's

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your bravery in standing up to the dark forces in our denomination and being true witnesses to the light of a GOD who loves all of the children of creation equally, without reservation, without judgement, and without condemnation.

Lee Powers more than 3 years ago