Moving to a Pension Plan In 2004, the United Methodist Church made a financial decision relative to the retirement benefits of Methodist clergy contrary to most other religious and private entities: it moved from a 401k retirement plan to a traditional pension plan. The New […]Read More
When making the decision to leave the United Methodist Church, leaders typically ask what happens to the membership of the congregation once the local church leaves the denomination. Our experience, and that of others who have left the Episcopal and Presbyterian USA denominations, has […]Read More
It seems like the annual conference of the United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri just ended and yet the time is drawing near for petitions to be submitted to be considered at the next General Conference in May 2020. To date, the petitions […]Read More
Sunday is coming. Soon, many of the faithful will find themselves in United Methodist churches that dot nearly every corner of this country; disparate buildings where they’ll gather under the guise of religion, of faith, of goodness. Whether set in trappings that are ancient or […]Read More
There is an old adage in business that is equally applicable to the leaders within the current United Methodist Church: The institution will preserve the institution at the cost of driving out the members who it seeks to serve. In other words, institutions preserve […]Read More
Most of the United Methodist Church annual conferences are over and the delegates are selected for the next General Conference in Minneapolis in 2020. The question is what does the result of the annual conferences mean for the local church. Is it time to consider […]Read More
The Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of The United Methodist Church, held that the legislation adopted by the General Conference in February 2019 providing a path for churches to leave the denomination is constitutional. There is now a path out of the denomination for local […]Read More
Much has been written since the St. Louis General Conference on the reasons for the United Methodist Church to remain together or to separate. I commend to you this article outlining the reasons why the denomination should split. If you wish to read more about […]Read More
Another delay. Rather than following the will of the voters of the recent General Council, the Council of Bishops has asked the Judicial Council to rule on the constitutionality of the Exit Plan that was approved for local churches. Therefore, the exit ramp for local […]Read More
It has been a few hours since the General Council voted on approving the Traditional Plan and an Exit Plan for local churches who wish to leave the United Methodist denomination. The question for the local church now is whether it should consider leaving the […]Read More
Observations from the Day Today, the Methodist Church did the one thing it typically does not do: it made a hard decision with respect to the future of the denomination. The General Conference adopted the Traditional Plan and approved Exit Plans. This was a painful […]Read More
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