Has the Methodist Middle Collapsed – Or Is It Awakening?

Has the Methodist Middle Collapsed – Or Is It Awakening?

by Bishop Mike Coyner (Retired) Recently I received a phone call from a friend, a retired UM pastor, to discuss the events of the 2019 General Conference. He then asked me, “Do you think the Methodist Middle has collapsed?” His question was in reference to an article...
Our Spiritual Crisis

Our Spiritual Crisis

by Rev. Don Underwood, Senior Pastor at Christ UMC in Plano, TX, and clergy delegate to General Conference David Brooks of the New York Times pointed out earlier this week that approximately 47,000 Americans will die this year by suicide, and another 72,000 by drug...
On Being Counter-Cultural

On Being Counter-Cultural

by Rev. Andy Call, a Pastor in the East Ohio Conference A number of people have spoken to me recently about their views on what the United Methodist Church should do regarding human sexuality and their hopes for the outcome...
United Methodist Colleges and the One Church Plan

United Methodist Colleges and the One Church Plan

by Rev. Allen Stanton, Executive Director of the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee Not-so-deep into the debates leading up to the 2019 General Conference is a back and forth around what to do with our institutions, as the value of our...
Try a Little Tenderness

Try a Little Tenderness

by Ashley Crowder Stanley, a Clergy Delegate from Western North Carolina Annual Conference Tears were close all day on Sunday for me. I had preached on the inclusive love of Jesus for those who will follow and serve him. As I prepare to go as a delegate to...
What a New UM Survey Really Tells Us

What a New UM Survey Really Tells Us

by David Livingston You may want to look at this survey that UM Communications commissioned. Right off the bat two shortcomings should be noted. First, with only a little more than 500 respondents it’s hard to know how accurate it is. A statistician I...
Freedom and Connectionalism – The Wesleyan Way!

Freedom and Connectionalism – The Wesleyan Way!

by Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey (Retired), Lake Junaluska, NC One of the primary issues at stake in the upcoming United Methodist General Conference is our nature as a “connectional” church. Careful exploration of the nature and practice of connectionalism in our...
Ordination and Connectionalism in the One Church Plan

Ordination and Connectionalism in the One Church Plan

by Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey (Retired) In what is arguably one of the most significant rulings ever made by the United Methodist Judicial Council, virtually all of the One Church Plan proposed to the upcoming special session of the General Conference was ruled to...
Why Scripture Compels Me to Favor the One Church Plan

Why Scripture Compels Me to Favor the One Church Plan

by Rev. Dr. James C. Howell As we come to this lovely season when we dig into the Scriptures, which Martin Luther called “the swaddling clothes in which Christ is laid,” I want to share why my commitments and devotion to the Bible compel me to be a Uniting Methodist...
On Uniting Methodists: Is Scripture Authoritative?

On Uniting Methodists: Is Scripture Authoritative?

by Scott Gilliland I had the pleasure of being on the host team for the Uniting Methodists “Room for All” Conference held at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas in July. We were incredibly thankful to have such an inspiring and important event on our campus....

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