Recently Read: ‘Flora-Bama’ pastor, congregation break from UMC

The Rev. Jeremy Mount, then-discipleship pastor at Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, receives the Denman Evangelism Award for clergy June 5, 2013, at the annual conference of United Methodists, held in Mobile, Alabama.  Photo by Luke Lucas / AWFUMC

The Rev. Jeremy Mount, then-discipleship pastor at Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, receives the Denman Evangelism Award for clergy June 5, 2013, at the annual conference of United Methodists, held in Mobile, Alabama.
Photo by Luke Lucas / AWFUMC

From AL.com:

The Rev. Jeremy Mount, who received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in June at the United Methodists’ annual meeting in Mobile, turned in his credentials in mid-December, he said. He is the third well-known pastor to leave the Alabama-West Florida Conference in 2013.

“We’ve always loved the local churches we’ve been a part of,” said Mount, who was discipleship pastor at Perdido Bay UMC and led Worship on the Water as a ministry of the church. “We have had a harder time dealing with the larger structure of the denomination.”

via ‘Flora-Bama’ pastor, congregation break from United Methodist Church | AL.com.

UMR attempted to make contact with Rev. Mount and one of the other pastors who have left the UMC, but did not get a response.

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james
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Yes. The progressive leaders in the umc are in lock step with the progressive leaders in this country. And, they are both dying. Keep looking up……………………….

Wes Andrews
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Jeremy is probably one of hundreds if not thousands of dedicated pastors with STRONG LEADERSHIP SKILLS who have chosen to walk away from a church which for many has become a circus. The Bishops don’t, won’t lead. The tale wags the dog in the UMC and the church disintegrates. Why? Because our Bishops won’t stand by our Book of Discipline when it comes to the selfish pro-gay marriage ordination supporters. And the Bishops who do nothing, or worse, who declare that the Book of Discipline fails to be Christ-like have no accountability in their malfeasance of office. What a GREAT… Read more »
Wes Andrews
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Our current Bishop is not effective. In fact he was asked by his former annual conference committee to leave! He and several of our last Bishops have not lead. I don’t dislike any of my Bishops, they simply have been AWOL. Sure they would preside over meetings, but honestly they didn’t do ANYTHING. No leadership. No personal connection. No nothing. They just said a few bishoppy things but seemed to have their mind on their next trip. Really, I can’t recall any Bishop that really did anything that ever mattered to our annual conference. No true inspiration. No kicking butt… Read more »
Wes Andrews
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So, to answer your question, Russ. I don’t know where my Bishop stands on anything. I don’t frankly know where any of my Bishops stood. They NEVER talked about belief, or the BOD, or anything that would remotely look like making a stand on any issue. They just showed up in their suits at meetings nodded politely, and then in their Bishop’s stoles as worship services. I’m sure they put pressure on D.S.’s during the appointment process, but based on my observations, the Bishop didn’t help the D.S. to make appointments based on anything other than filling positions. I know… Read more »
Rev. John
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So we deploy congregationalist, personality-based methodology in developing leaders and starting new churches, and we get a cult of personality based congregationalist church in return. Its called reaping what you sow. Its why the early Methodists didn’t plant churches but rather organized class meetings to form Christian character based around common faith and spiritual discipline rather than a charismatic leader, and only after doing that, organized what were usually small churches.

Wes Andrews
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Rev. John, leaders are inconvenient, I know. They see something that is wrong, identify the problem and immediately lead folks to solutions. Very unlike many of our Bishops and District Superintendents and Agency employees. Jesus-following leaders lead people to Jesus and the solutions found in the truth of Scripture whether they serve within or outside of a denomination. I’m not surprised you are unfamiliar with this since our denomination has lacked leadership. Leaders lead, even if that is inconvenient to those who are used to wandering aimlessly by the cult of culture.

MethodistPie
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Are you suggesting we don’t want to bring “entrepreneurial” clergy into the connection?
Hope not. Perhaps the better response would be to give them every encouragement and support, toward the end of keeping them connected. In the current environment, the Methodist Church needs them more than they need the Methodist Church.

jeff
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can you not see that in a very short time, your defense of anti gay laws will be viewed with as much disdain as we now regard racial segregation?

Wes Andrews
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Jeff, I don’t support “anti-gay” or any other any-(fill in the blank) civil laws in any way. At the same time I trust the Biblical definitions of sexuality and marriage. This is quite different than civil law. The reason I’m against anti-gay civil laws is….. Scripture and the justice found in it. All people should be treated fairly and with respect and honor. Jeff, the culture is usually (almost always) wrong in the way it understands “truth.” The culture has always been wrong in its definition and understanding of sexuality, power, and money. The culture is usually wrong in its… Read more »
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