Call to Action

Ben Boruff, a member of the team that crafted a reorganization proposal for the 2012 General Conference, has some counsel for GC2019 based on his previous experience. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Inspired by a Presbyterian idea, the Rev. Jeremy Smith proposes that a crowd-sourcing process known as a "hackathon" could provide a new, more faith-filled way to address issues in The United Methodist Church. Read more

Jeremy Smith

The Rev. Jeremy Smith compiles a list of current proposals for United Methodist unity or schism, and adds some editorial comment of his own. Read more

Jeremy Smith

The Call to Action Aftermath

The Rev. Jerry Eckert surveys the aftermath of legislation intended to enact the Council of Bishops' "Call to Action" program. Read more

May 30, 2012 12:17 PM Jerry Eckert

General Conference adopts a structure plan assembled by a group of some 20 delegates after negotiations broke down in legislative committee. The UMC's agencies to monitor discrimination against women and people of color are eliminated. Read more

GC Archive 1 Comments

Young Clergy

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General Conference: Some Initial Thoughts and Questions

The Rev. Ben Gosden responds to the first reports coming out of the 2012 General Conference with long-distance observations and questions. Read more

Apr 26, 2012 2:15 PM Ben Gosden

Anxiety vs. the Kingdom in the United Methodist Church

The Rev. Morgan Guyton says his anxiety about his congregation's membership numbers doesn't help him or them show God's realm to the world. Read more

Apr 26, 2012 2:08 PM Morgan Guyton

A Call to Compliance

Dan Dick finds what he considers large-church propaganda greeting him on the second day of General Conference Read more

Apr 25, 2012 4:09 PM Dan R. Dick 1 Comments

Pelham Travolta

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Plan B is Enforcing Plan A

The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the similarities between the Connectional Table and Call to Action proposals with UMC Plan B, finding that Plan B also enhances executive power. Read more

Apr 13, 2012 11:24 AM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

In the Name of the Thinktank, Consultant and Bubble Sheet

The Rev. Morgan Guyton questions the theological implications of the Call to Action and Vital Congregations Read more

Apr 12, 2012 5:00 PM Morgan Guyton

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The Mistake That Will Not Die

John Meunier finds new evidence to support his concern that Call to Action research is being misunderstood and misused to promote the Vital Congregations campaign. Read more

Apr 4, 2012 4:19 PM John Meunier 2 Comments

The Frustration of Assumptions

The Rev. Jay Voorhees urges United Methodists to examine their assumptions about all the proposals for change swirling about The United Methodist Church. Read more

Apr 2, 2012 4:52 PM Jay Voorhees


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A constitutional amendment to allow the Council of Bishops to have a non-residential, "set-aside" executive is drawing scrutiny in advance of the 2012 General Conference. Read more

GC Archive

Implications of four major new critiques of changes proposed for The United Methodist Church. Read more

Views from a Ridge

Plan B

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Four groups of United Methodist leaders have issued new critiques of legislation for change coming before the 2012 General Conference Read more

GC Archive

Young Adult

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Blowback: Lamenting an Open-Source Call to Action

The Rev. Jeremy Smith responds to the latest round of critiques of the change proposals coming before the 2012 General Conference. Read more

Mar 13, 2012 8:48 PM Jeremy Smith 5 Comments

Town Sign

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The Parable of the Town Sign

What happens when the method becomes more important than the mission? A parable by the Rev. Ben Gosden. Read more

Mar 8, 2012 10:50 AM Ben Gosden

Church Analytics

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The Temptation of Church Analytics: Who Can Resist?

Rev. Jeremy Smith points out striking similarities between the customer marketing methods used today by major retailers and those employed by church growth experts. Read more

Mar 6, 2012 5:18 PM Jeremy Smith 1 Comments

John Wesley Preaching

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Drafters of the popular 'Missional Manifesto' post an updated version online that has drawn both raves and at least one demurrer. Read more

GC Archive 1 Comments

Hearing a word from the Lord in the most recent reactions to Call to Action and the Connectional Table restructure proposal. Read more

Views from a Ridge

  • A New United Methodist Administrative Order

    An alternative proposal from a coalition of groups on how to administer the ministry and mission of The United Methodist Church.

  • Call to Action Report

    The report of the Connectional Table, the churchwide coordinating body, that serves as the basis for reorganizing the global United Methodist Church

  • CTA Structure

    Call to Action Report

  • Clergy Evaluation Process

    The recommendation for future evaluation of the effectiveness of United Methodist clergy.

  • Connectional Table Action Summary

    Summary of the decisions made by the Connectional Table on recommendations for reorganizing The United Methodist Church.

  • Inter-Ethnic Statement

    The official response of the Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group to the Call to Action proposal to reorganize The United Methodist Church.