UMC mission statement

United Methodist layman Edmund Baird of Virginia has scrutinized all the future proposals for the UMC and synthesized an approach based on its mission statement as the template for choosing a way forward. Read more

UMC Future 6 Comments

It's time for The United Methodist Church to seek God's will rather than its own mission of institutional growth, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more


United Methodism's mission statement calls us to make disciples, yet representation to General Conference is awarded to those who make members. Are making a disciple and making a member the same? asks the Rev. Dr. Philip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more

Global Nature


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Dr. David W. Scott, curator of UM & Global, continues his examination of the confusion about the United Methodist mission statement, focusing on church programming versus genuine spiritual transformation. Read more

Global Nature


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The United Methodist mission statement of "making disciples" often gets misinterpreted by Americans to mean solely increasing church members rather than helping people develop strong spiritual lives, writes David W. Scott. Read more

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Bishop Gregory Palmer

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In a stirring Episcopal Address that drew applause and a standing ovation, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer challenge General Conference delegates to forego past animosities and unite with humility to make disciples and transform the world. Read more

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If our system is designed to produce the results we're getting, then perhaps it's time to examine what results we truly desire and build a different system, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. Read more

Perspectives Archive 5 Comments

Jesus Teaching

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The United Methodist Church's official mission statement -- making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world -- remains a little-known goal that its disputes have obscured and undermined, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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