Recently Read: New pastor brings fresh vision, new flock to Dallas’ St. Paul UMC


St. Paul UMC in Dallas, TX, is finding new ways to innovate in church growth! From the Dallas News website:


On Sunday, St. Paul formally installed its 52nd leader, the Rev. Richie Butler, a dynamic young pastor whose appointment marks a pivotal new beginning.

Butler, you see, isn’t just bringing his energy and vision to St. Paul.

He’s bringing his own flock — most of the 300-plus members of the interdenominational Union Cathedral church he founded several years ago.

The unusual merger is aimed at reinvigorating St. Paul. You may recall that Highland Park United Methodist Church funded a $3 million restoration of St. Paul’s three-story brown brick building at 1816 Routh St. a few years ago.

Despite that boost, St. Paul still saw its membership fall from a few hundred to a few dozen. The “soul” of the downtown Dallas Arts District was in dire straits.


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Will Clegg

Here’s what bothers me; do we really think God is pleased with the spending of $3 million of a building?

Kevin Quattlebaum

The building was built many years ago and was in desperate need of restoration. I suppose that you had rather it just fall down? Did the money that was spent not provide employment for someone to provide for their family? Does the Church glorify God by allowing it’s facilities to fall into such a state of disrepair that they can no longer meet the needs of the congregation? I think not. If you think that the amount of money spent was extravagant, then you obviously don’t know what things cost.

William M. Finnin, Jr., Th. D.

What a remarkable union this can be! I’ve known Richie Butler since he played defensive back with the Mustangs years ago and as he entered Perkins School of Theology taking courses as an undergraduate! When he appeared in my office to inquire about the prospects of matriculating at Harvard Divinity, I picked up the phone and called the Dean of the Divinity School and arranged a visit. The rest is history! The Reverend Richie Butler is a spirit filled leader and it’s my prayer that the joining of these two congregations will bring renewed passion and ministry to Downtown grace-filled… Read more »

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