Renfroe Addresses Rule 44 and A Third Way

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“I commend the Commission [on General Conference] for trying to find a way to handle the matters that divide us with less acrimony and greater unity. These issues are terribly difficult for delegates no matter where they come down,” said the Rev. Rob Renfroe, President and Publisher of Good News Magazine, in a video about the widely debated Rule 44 and the Connectional Tables’ (CT) proposed plan called “A Third Way.”

Renfroe, also Pastor of Discipleship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas, goes on to say, “I wish I could affirm Rule 44, but I cannot. It would … deny all the good work that petitioners have performed in creating potential legislation, and give great authority to a small group of individuals to determine what the delegates can and cannot consider.”

Turning to the CT’s “A Third Way,” Renfroe says, “I know the plan is well intended,” but then raises concerns about its attempt to redefine the UM Church’s centuries old understanding of marriage, and to allow UM Church pastors to preside at same sex weddings.

“I know we’re all looking for a way through the morass we’re in. And ‘A Third Way,’ seems like an easy way out. But it will not stop our fighting, heal our differences, or bring us peace. It will only exacerbate our divisions and lead to schism.”

Comments

  1. Licensed Local Pastor says

    It really appears that some of the leadership in the UMC is determined to have their schism and drive out the orthodox members of the denomination at all costs and by any means necessary. Rule 44 and a third way forward are just two of the most recent examples. Apparently for these leaders they do not think that Christ will remove our lamp stand if we don’t stop our continued compromising with the world and accepting the worlds view of right and wrong.

  2. Brenda Ellis says

    Rob Renfroe is a gifted, inspired communicator, helping the rest of us understand our salvation, our religion, and our moral responsibilties in a world of conflicting messages.

  3. Rule 44 and ‘The Third Way’ are both ways to shape and manipulate a very controversial vote. If this procedural change is made for issues relating to sexual orientation, it would be a great disservice to those on both sides of this issue. This is why we have Roberts Rules of Order.

    Rule 44 & The Third Way limit debate and “create” voting procedures so as to control the outcome. This is intellectually dishonest. During Annual Conferences we watched the procedural changes using ‘Holy Conferencing’ terminology that turned out to be simply a means to shut down debate. While I understand there may be concern that people might be offended in open debate, allowing each person to hear all sides clearly and to vote according to Roberts Rules of Order is the best way to maintain integrity, something sorely needed in today’s social and political climate of distrust of leadership.  

    While I have to believe that those serving in leadership positions of the UMC have good intentions, there is huge mistrust of you because of these types of shenanigans. The insatiable desire to be politically correct and the apparent fear of allowing all perspectives to be fully heard will be the demise of the United Methodist Church.  

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