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Call to Action Interim Operations Team issues final report

  Editor’s Note: The Call to Action Interim Operations Team took the lead in pressing for specific change, including agency reorganization, within the UMC. Here is its just-released final report: This report is a final update from the Interim Operations Team (IOT) named by the Council of Bishops (COB) and the Connectional Table (CT) in late […]

Q&A: On bringing new life to a ‘dying church’

The Rev. Paul Nixon is a UM minister, church consultant and author, based in Washington, D.C. His new book We Refused to Lead a Dying Church! (The Pilgrim Press) profiles 15 comeback congregations, eight of them United Methodist. He agreed to an email interview with managing editor Sam Hodges. You wrote a popular, influential book […]

Casad leaving Connectional Table

Mary Brooke Casad is stepping down as executive secretary of the UMC’s Connectional Table.  “As our denomination has taken on the adaptive challenge of creating, fostering and sustaining vital congregations, I have been prayerfully contemplating my role in this endeavor,” she said in a statement. “My resignation is based on a desire to be more […]

UM agency boards being reduced, but not reformed

By Robert Sparkman, Special Contributor… “We did not restructure the church, but at least we reduced the size of the boards.” That has been a consistent report from General Conference. Reducing the size of the boards was a recommendation of the Call to Action; the boards wrote petitions to accomplish that; and proposals were passed […]

Future of UMC requires acting on Call to Action

By Bishop Robert Schnase, Special Contributor Editor’s note: This column is an excerpt, slightly adapted, from Bishop Robert Schnase’s episcopal address at the recent South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Oklahoma City. The Council of Bishops commissioned the Towers Watson Report, a 250-page in-depth analysis of our denomination. It shows an irrefutably unsustainable model for ministry […]

Text of Bishop Schnase’s episcopal address

The following is a transcript of the Episcopal Address to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference on July 19, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Missouri Conference Bishop, Robert Schnase. You can view the address in its entirety by clicking on the video link on the upper right-hand side of the homepage of The United Methodist […]

Judicial Council did the denomination a favor

By Bishop Mike Coyner, Special Contributor… You have probably heard the news that the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church (which is kind of like our Supreme Court) ruled that the new structure passed by the General Conference was unconstitutional. Thus the hours and hours of work by the General Conference were overturned, and […]

For the Love of God: a response to Saturday night

No one can agree to share their toys so we will all go home with no change in structure?  @pastor_clayton Parliamentary pandemonium broke out in the final General Administration Committee meeting of the 2012 General Conference as competing plans rose and fell in quick legislative succession, leaving the committee with no recommendation to re-structure the […]

Backers of agency consolidation ponder what went wrong

The dream some UMC leaders had of bringing most general church agencies under a single 15-member board, led by an executive, crashed and burned at General Conference on Friday. And the dreamers were left to lament their defeat in the General Administration Committee, and try to figure out what went wrong. “I trust the Holy […]

Young Methodists React to Call to Action

Even as the Rev. Adam Hamilton argued for the Call to Action reforms at General Conference last night, Twitter lit up with commentary from young people across the connection. While there were supportive words, much of the reaction was negative. Josh Hale (@expatminister) observed from Texas: “I’m seeing lots of Twitter chatter that challenges tonight’s […]