North Central Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus Endorses Traditional Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht – The North Central Jurisdiction Hispanic Caucus met in Monroe, Wisconsin, on September 21-22. They met under the theme Transformed to Transform the World. The group discussed the three plans recommended to the special General Conference next February. They approved to support the Traditional Plan prepared by the Way Forward Commission. Pastors and lay […]

2019 General Conference Process Set

By Thomas Lambrecht – As we get closer to the special called General Conference scheduled for February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, more aspects of the process are coming into clearer focus. The Commission on the General Conference just met and decided on how the special General Conference will run, according to an article by Heather Hahn […]

I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe – I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, what we believe, and how deeply we hold those beliefs. […]

Gracious Exit Supported

By Thomas Lambrecht – According to an article by Heather Hahn of UM New Service, “A theologically diverse group of United Methodists wants General Conference delegates to prioritize passing a ‘gracious and equitable’ plan for churches exiting the denomination. “‘While we pray for a unified way forward, the reality of our circumstance convinces us that any decision […]

Upgrading the Traditional Plan

By Thomas Lambrecht – Since the Traditional Plan was presented by the Commission on a Way Forward, other ideas have surfaced in order to enhance it. Those ideas have been submitted to General Conference in two petitions entitled “Modified Traditional Plan” by Maxie Dunnam. What are those upgrades? Gracious Exit Upgrade. The goal of the Traditional […]

Responding to Talking Points

By Thomas Lambrecht – An organization formed to promote the One Church Plan (OCP) at the special called 2019 General Conference has recently issued a dozen talking points in support of the OCP. Some of those talking points are true and worthy of consideration. Upon closer examination, however, other talking points are either misleading or […]

Resurrection: “Metaphorical” or “Literal”

By Thomas Lambrecht – In the midst of our denomination’s controversy over marriage and sexuality, it is easy to forget there are issues of even greater weight that divide The United Methodist Church. One of those is our understanding of the resurrection – both the resurrection of Jesus and our own. Last spring, a United […]

Allocation of Bishops Unfair to Africa

By Thomas Lambrecht – Times are changing quickly and global United Methodism needs to start reflecting those changes. Over the last twenty years, the number one shift within our denomination has been the steady decline of membership in the United States and the ever-increasing growth of membership on the continent of Africa. United Methodism is […]

I Confess: I Don’t Understand

By Rob Renfroe – I remain confounded as to why the majority of bishops would endorse “The “One Church Plan” as a way to unify the denomination. In a previous editorial, I suggested that one reason is they do not comprehend who we evangelicals are, what we believe, and how deeply we hold those beliefs. […]

Revitalizing British Methodism

By Linda Bloom – With John Wesley’s study chair, Charles Wesley’s organ, and the Museum of Methodism on-site, it would be possible to conclude that Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission in London is stuck in time – the late 18th century, to be exact. That is not the case. While still welcoming visitors who want […]