UMC schism

Uniting Methodists has announced its support for the One Church model presented by the Commission on A Way Forward and encourages other church members to back the idea as well. more

Mar 19, 2018 4:22 PM A Way Forward

Three statements in the past week have disclosed the schismatic intentions of so-called "reform and renewal" groups in The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Mar 19, 2018 1:55 PM Jeremy Smith

Family Tree Denominations

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In a follow-up to his previous post on how to support innovation in the UMC, Dr. David W. Scott looks at how evangelical denominations innovate through "organizational multiplication" – making new denominations. more

Mar 15, 2018 12:43 PM Global Nature

Of 11 delegates around the world contacted by United Methodist News Service, five from the United States and one from Liberia were willing to give their early impressions of the unity proposals under consideration. more

Mar 14, 2018 4:22 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

There is something profoundly wrong at the heart of The United Methodist Church, contends the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. And it is called the Evangelical Takeover. more

Mar 13, 2018 4:15 PM Christy Thomas 7 Comments

United Methodist bishops can save the denomination from schism if they come up with a truly creative alternative, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Mar 2, 2018 10:27 PM Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

Bishop John Yambasu expressed hope “for a revived and transformed United Methodist Church … built on the strong foundations of biblical authenticity.” more

Mar 2, 2018 5:53 PM A Way Forward

The Council of Bishops considered the Way Forward models during a meeting in Dallas. more

Mar 1, 2018 3:28 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

The Council of Bishop continues discuss the Way Forward proposals now clarified more by the commission. more

Feb 28, 2018 4:37 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

The Council of Bishops is trying to hold The United Methodist Church together despite its divergent opinions about Scripture and homosexual practice, but what if God's will is for the UMC to die in order to be reborn? more

Feb 28, 2018 4:22 PM Christy Thomas 5 Comments

SMU Dallas Hall

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Dividing The United Methodist Church will result in more splits and confusions down the line, from liturgy to mission to property, than we imagine, writes the Rev. Ted A. Campbell. more

Feb 23, 2018 5:38 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Bishop Francisco Presides

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A combined meeting of four leadership bodies, members of the Commission on A Way Forward gave the first public report on the three United Methodist unity proposals they've sent to the Council of Bishops. more

Feb 12, 2018 4:52 PM A Way Forward 9 Comments

The eventual loss of a single word in our identity is a blessing for some, but a tragedy for all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:47 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Global Mission

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As we pray for the work of Commission on A Way Forward, the Rev. James C. Howell says he finds himself pondering the practical implications of a church split, and his ruminations aren't encouraging. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:36 PM A Way Forward 10 Comments

Using the Christian sense of "requiem" as both death and resurrection, the Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence lays out hope and options for The United Methodist Church in its unity struggle. more

Feb 7, 2018 10:25 AM A Way Forward

Merely adapting the sin of marginalizing by shifting to a different group only continues scapegoating and division, which are the works of Satan, warns the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:18 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Way Forward in Nashville

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With the deadline for submitting legislation to the 2019 special General Conference fast approaching, the Commission on a Way Forward is beginning to put details to its three "sketches" for the UMC's future. more

Jan 23, 2018 12:26 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

Missionary Commissioning

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Dr. David W. Scott begins a new series from UM & Global, "My Hope for Methodism." more

Jan 19, 2018 7:12 AM Global Nature

The Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas thinks The United Methodist Church needs some principled "barbarians" who don’t revere the slow process of making policies, and instead will tear down and rebuild the denomination in a new model. more

Jan 9, 2018 3:35 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments