Good News Leader Urges Grassroots Evangelical United Methodists to Step Up to the Plate

Tom Lambrecht

Tom Lambrecht

By John Lomperis –

Even in the most theologically radicalized areas, evangelical United Methodists need to stop waiting for bishops, General Conferences, or others to lead the renewal of our denomination.

That was the challenge issued by the Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News, the oldest operating evangelical renewal group in our denomination. He was addressing the annual banquet of the Northern Illinois Conference Evangelical Association (NICEA) last month.

Lambrecht criticized United Methodism’s recent excessive focus on restructuring as “tinkering around the edges,” since the primary problems facing our declining (in the U.S.) denomination are spiritual, not programmatic or structural.  He cited John Wesley’s prophetic statement:

“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.”

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Comments

  1. It is hard for the grassroots (people in the pew) to change course of the Gospel Ship if they can’t control the rudder to some degree. The key word is “accountability.” No one wants to hold anyone accountable anymore. Unless we hold fast to our Methodist foundation blocks we will continue to loose membership ,etc. I do not know of a leader who has promulgated any Wesleyan principles in recent times; especially from the pulpit. How can the grassroots know what to do when they haven’t even heard of these doctrines. Thus says the Lord; Stand at the crossroad, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it and find rest for your souls. Jer 6:16 And as Moses prayed: Lord teach us to number our days aright.

    • Susan Gill says

      Roger, you are so right. It is imperative for the gospel to be preached from the pulpit and for accountability to be implemented in all the Methodist Churches in America. John Wesley’s word are more than prophetic they are a dire warning to those who take on a semblance of Christianity without really repenting and changing their hearts.

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