Now is the Time

By Katy Kiser- “Now is the time of God’s favor, Now is the day of salvation.” – II Corinthians 6:2 Each year, women come to the national conference of the Celebration Women’s Ministry in Houston seeking to grow in Christ and encounter God’s Spirit. Some seek the assurance of salvation; others need forgiveness or desire […]

Bishops Request Judicial Council Decision

By Thomas Lambrecht- The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the JudicialCouncil for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination’s Special Session of General Conference called for February 2019. The Council of Bishops announced their request in a statement issued this week. “The intent is to resolve […]

Baltimore-Washington Defies Judicial Council

By Thomas Lambrecht- In response to six different annual conference boards of ordained ministry voting in 2016 not to comply with the Book of Discipline’s qualifications for ministry in evaluating candidates, the Judicial Council ruled that “The Board’s examination must include all paragraphs relevant to election of pastoral ministry, including those provisions set forth in paragraphs […]

Tribalizing Methodism

By Scott Kisker- With the 2019 called General Conference looming, it is time to address the risks posed to our United Methodist polity as a peculiar articulation and preserver of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. The United Methodist Church is set up as a conciliar catholic church – the only one I know of. This […]

The Power of a Transformed Life

By Steve Beard- If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” — Saint Paul (II Corinthian 5:17). An essential element of the magnetism of the Christian message is the opportunity for a second chance, a clean slate. When we were kids, it was called a […]

Northwest United Methodist Defiance

By Thomas Lambrecht- United Methodists in the Greater Northwest Area, under the leadership of Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky, have again decided to disregard the letter and spirit of United Methodist Church teachings. Indeed, it seems Stanovsky has gone out of her way to poke the eye of any vestige of church unity during this time […]

Big Picture Status of United Methodism – Part III (Europe/Asia)

By Thomas Lambrecht- Over the last several weeks of Perspective, I have been surveying the growth and decline of United Methodism around the globe. The statistical report is available here. The big picture is that most of Methodism around the globe is in decline, with the exception of certain regions in Africa. In Part 1, […]

What the Bishops’ Meeting Means

By Thomas Lambrecht- Social media is all abuzz in the aftermath of the Council of Bishops meeting that ended Wednesday. The special four-day meeting was called to enable further discussion of the Commission on a Way Forward report – updating and refining two of the three options it had previously presented to the bishops. In […]

Big Picture Status of United Methodism (Part 2 )

By Thomas Lambrecht- In last week’s edition of Perspective, I began to survey the growth and decline of United Methodism around the globe. The big picture is that most of Methodism around the globe is in decline, with the exception of certain regions in Africa. Last week, I went into more detail about Africa [link]. […]

Big Picture Status of United Methodism (Part 1 – Africa)

By Thomas Lambrecht- We are called Methodists for a reason. John Wesley was very methodical in his approach to discipleship (the means of grace, the General Rules) and revival. He always insisted that small groups be formed of those who responded to his preaching. He insisted that they follow a set process. And he kept […]