If you’ve been following church-related news lately, you know The United Methodist Church is in turmoil. Some are even calling for schism, seeing no way out of the current mess.
The best thing we can do, though, at this point, is PRAY.
That’s what the Aldersgate Covenant is planning to do. They have called a gathering for May 16-17, 2014, which will take place at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. (I’m not able to attend; I keep hoping some or all of it will be webcast!)
I wrote in 2011, What The United Methodist Church Needs is nothing short of an awakening by the Holy Spirit. As I noted, John Wesley said …
I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case, unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.
Wesley seems to indicate that survival of the organization isn’t the most important thing; being faithful to God and staying connected to God is.
I’m grateful for the UMC and I’m hopeful that God will revive us and make us a movement again. Here are a few posts I’ve written in recent years that come to mind …
- Why We are United Methodists (how Joleen and I became United Methodists)
- “The Future of The United Methodist Church” (book from the Council of Bishops)
- Transformation of The United Methodist Church
- 4 Strategies to Transform The United Methodist Church
What are your prayers for the UMC?