Will Frank Shaefer’s reinstatement be overturned?


John Lomperis, director of the United Methodist program at The Institute on Religion and Democracy, told The Christian Post that he was hopeful the Judicial Council will reaffirm the defrocking.

“I certainly hope that the Judicial Council will overturn the appeals committee and reinstate the trial court’s original verdict of defrocking Mr. Schaefer,” said Lomperis. “If they are willing to look at all the relevant facts of the church law they are charged with upholding, they should see through the specious, grasping-at-straws arguments that refrocking him somehow upholds our biblical church law.”


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Our pastor is a CLM–certified lay minister. The immediate past bishop of this conference nixed that idea so we waited for a long time. The current bishop espouses the idea of CLM’s and our little congregation is blessed. Before, we were used as a stepping stone in the appointment process and most of the elders we were sent did not want to be in our little town, nor, God forbid, our little church. In my unlearned opinion, lay ministry is the future of the umc. Yes, many fully connected elders look down their noses at CLM’s. But the Good News… Read more »

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Wes Andrews

What Russ said. I certainly do NOT look down on Local Pastors, CLM, etc. While I do think education and training is a good thing it has NOT proven to be a good indicator of a person being an effective pastor. In fact, our problem is with those who are “overly educated” who have an entitlement mentality and who do look down on others whether if it’s from the ivory towers of our academic institutions, or from our agencies, or from the prideful within our clergy class. I posted this on the other UM news site: Just think of all… Read more »

Wes Andrews
Wes Andrews

Precise and to the point, Russ….

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