Commentaries term image

Don’t fight decline, embrace ‘smart decline’

I noticed it over the past several years as I traveled to the Phoenix area to spend a few days with my father and other family members. Every time we visited we’d play a new golf course in a brand new town that seemed to spring up overnight. The infrastructure was there for huge planned […]

Look at what unites us, not at what divides

By Bishop Gaspar João Domingos I was glad when they said, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”—Psalm 122:1 What willingness and satisfaction is seen on the face of the Psalmist when he utters these contagious words? These words, even today, are still proclaimed with the same emotions when we remember the day […]

‘Prone to wander’

By Jorge Acevedo “Have you experienced a ‘sense of distance’ among parts of the UM Connection?” My short answer to this question is a sad yet firm “Yes!” The week after Easter 2011, I gathered with many of the pastors of the top 100 largest United Methodist churches in America (in terms of worship attendance) […]

Please listen beyond the noise

Dear 2012 General Conference, Please listen to us. And please don’t. Listen to the people of the United Methodist Church. We everyday pastors, staff, and volunteers have never felt more disconnected from the larger church bureaucracy. We visit hospitals and hold youth retreats and preach and try to serve faithfully. But how do the most […]

Unity within a diverse church

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner The United Methodist Church in Germany is a small but vital part of our church. Six delegates representing three annual conferences are preparing themselves to travel to Tampa, Fla. They value the fact that they belong to a church serving Christ on four continents and are looking forward to meeting fellow United […]

What will serve as our guide during General Conference?

By Bishop Larry Goodpaster Preparations for the 2012 General Conference began almost as soon as all the delegates departed from the previous General Conference in Fort Worth in May 2008. Many people have worked tirelessly in an effort to make our gathering in Tampa a place of hospitality and hope for our denomination. Now, delegates […]

Four steps toward vitality in our denomination

By Adam Hamilton ••• Special Contributor As an aside, I don’t believe that restructuring the general boards is the key to having a future with hope; I see it as an opportunity to more effectively do the work of the church. This is more than rearranging the proverbial “deck chairs on the Titanic” but if […]

Separating truths, myths about Call to Action

By Bishop Gregory Palmer ••• Special Contributor There is a myth that the Call to Action started with discussions by UMC leaders in 2008. But the truth is that it originated when the Wesleys first began organizing the people called Methodists for the work of personal and social holiness. From its inception, the movement that […]

Google+