Tag Archives: UMC

“The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved”

Diane keeps reminding me, “When Christians talk about homosexuality no one wants to talk about the elephant in the room, the worry that Jesus might have been gay.” I’m not going to talk about that. What I actually know is that Jesus’ … Continue reading

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UMC Call to Action: Two Separate Reports, Two Separate Goals

The goal of the CTA-sponsored Apex Report is not revival. The goal of the Apex Report is the power to eliminate underperforming assets (clergy, church property, and agencies). The Call to Action is not a single document, but combines two … Continue reading

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CTA says Rule Suspension is “A Key Responsibility of Leaders”

One of the most remarkable features of the United Methodist “Call to Action” report is its requirement for suspending the rules. Rule suspension is not described as a regrettable but necessary option, but as a “key responsibility.” While it is mentioned specifically only once, the surrounding verbiage clearly … Continue reading

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CTA Response: “So Where do We Begin?”

Dayton left a comment in the “Rigamarole” post, and my reply grew into this: Dayton, regarding your comments, 1) “there are no truly effective governance boards on a local level for lead pastors/superintendents/bishops, etc. We would need to overhaul the SPRC/Committee on … Continue reading

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UMC’s Democratic Process Dismissed as “Rigamarole”

When an organization’s executives approach a corporate change consultant, one of the very first things the consultant asks is how they want the organization to change. The consultant asks the client what kind of organizational culture they envision for the future. … Continue reading

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CTA Report: The Meaning of Trust

When we hear the word “trust” it’s almost automatic to feel warm and fuzzy. The word elicits feelings of safety, friendliness, and caring. It would not be unusual to talk about “trusting someone’s good intentions,” or to say, “My heart doth safely trust … Continue reading

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CTA Report: Underperforming Congregations and Clergy

Let me begin by saying that, overall, I accept the recommendations contained in the two sections of the “Call to Action” (CTA). The changes are long overdue, and are necessary for the eventual flourishing of the United Methodist Church. Many elements of the Apex report feel … Continue reading

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CTA Report: Acknowledging Decades of Decline

The “Call to Action” Steering Team just issued a report to the UMC acknowledging decades of decline in membership, giving, and the number of congregations. Released six days before Halloween, 2010, the report is a remarkably frank description of the state of United … Continue reading

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