Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The United Methodist response to decline

And a response to the response that the problem’s lackluster clergy.
No doubt some clergy are more gifted, dedicated, resourceful—even faithful—than others. So are many officers, agencies, laity and yes, episcopal leaders. The malaise is American mainline, however. It cuts across denominational lines, hierarchies and polities. Meanwhile, the same Book of Discipline guides the United Methodist Church in parts of the world where there is no malaise. Whatever is wrong with clergy in America may be just as wrong with episcopal leaders, boards, agencies, officers and laity. None are above binding scrutiny, and none has earned the right to decide by itself the validity of ministry among the others.
via The United Methodist Portal
Centralization’s not the answer.  I suspect neither is movement which seems code word for centralization to me.

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