Author: Mainstream UMC The North Alabama chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) has released a letter detailing the larger groups’ plans for a new church. They have “formed a team working on a potential ‘Next Methodism’” and have tentatively set their convening conference for their new denomination for April 25-26, 2019. Further, they “urge pastors and churches … [Read more...] about WCA Details Departure
Archived blog articles written before the 2019 General Conference.
Author: Rev. Dr. Mark Holland In a stunning development, Bishop Scott Jones and Bishop Gary Mueller are now publicly touting the Connectional Conference Plan (CCP). Both are widely believed to be among the anonymous “few bishops” who initiated the hastily written Traditional Plan. Theirs is a dramatic shift from being the Traditional Plan’s most vocal episcopal … [Read more...] about WCA Bishops Switch Horses – Now Favor the CCP
Author: Rev. Jill Sander-Chali Hello delegate to Great Plains Conference, First, I want to thank you for the time that it takes for you to serve in this tremendously important way. You have the opportunity to greatly influence the future direction of the United Methodist Church. I write to you to encourage your support of the One Church Plan. When I graduated seminary in … [Read more...] about Love Is Love
Matthew 14:22-33 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly … [Read more...] about In the Storm around the Special Session – Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
Author: Rev. Greg Weeks, Pastor Manchester UMC, Missouri Annual Conference Earlier this year, the writer of a Wesleyan Covenant Association blog counseled his readers to stay “rooted” and “grounded” in God’s Word when considering LGBTQ issues. I took that to mean that you were rooted and grounded when you understood the biblical restrictions on homosexuality in a literal manner. Truth is a … [Read more...] about Have We Forgotten Who We Are?
Author: Mainstream UMC The One Church Plan is 100% committed to the unity of the Church. Nearly 2/3 of our Bishops and a unanimous Judicial Council agree that there is room for different beliefs and practice within our Church. The United Methodist Church is made better when we challenge each other’s understanding of the Scriptures. This is part of our DNA going all the way back to John … [Read more...] about Good News Leader Appeals Judicial Council to Keep Schism Language
Author: Mainstream UMC The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) has doubled down on their call for schism and has listed it as their first priority for General Conference 2019. Meeting in Marietta, Georgia on November 2, they issued a statement saying an exit provision “should be adopted prior to the consideration of any other proposed legislation.” The Traditional Plan which they had … [Read more...] about WCA: Schism Is First Priority
Author: Jerry Rairdon I have been a member of the Indiana Annual Conference for 35 years in full time ministry. I’m usually the person who sits in the back of the auditorium with a few comrades and jokes about the tedious debate over motions and resolutions. I’ve never enjoyed the politics of the church and have decided most things that happen on the General Conference level have little … [Read more...] about “Non-political” pastor supporting the One Church Plan
Author: Mark Holland It is not surprising that, while meeting in Zurich Switzerland last week, the United Methodist Judicial Council voted unanimously that the One Church Plan was almost completely constitutional while more than 40% of the Traditional Plan was found to be unconstitutional. (The Connectional Conference Plan was not reviewed by the Judicial Council because the authors knew it … [Read more...] about 4 Lessons from Zurich
Author: Mark Holland The Judicial Council opened its Fall docket on October 23, 2018 by hearing oral arguments for and against the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the Traditional Plan. The Council of Bishops proactively requested the review so that the General Conference would not do its work only to be overturned later by what would almost certainly be an appeal to the … [Read more...] about Judicial Council Hearings on One Church Plan