North Georgia Blocks Church Disaffiliation

North Georgia Blocks Church Disaffiliation

By Thomas Lambrecht In a provocative, year-end proclamation as she was walking out the door to her new assignment in Virginia, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson defiantly led the North Georgia Conference to stop all local church disaffiliations. The “pause” announced by the...

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Community Rallies Around Barbershop Evangelist

Community Rallies Around Barbershop Evangelist

By Mike DuBose -- Friends, family, and his beloved church community are coming together to make sure Jake Sherrell gets his flowers while he yet lives. Sherrell, 96, runs North Nashville’s Bel-Aire Unisex Salon where he’s brought to Christ hundreds who have sat in his...

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Faith in a Time of Transition

By Thomas Lambrecht This is the final week of Advent, a season of preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and preparing for his coming again. Advent reminds us that we are in the time “between the times.” We are in the time between Jesus’ first and second...

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An Incoherent Judicial Council Decision

By Thomas Lambrecht This week, the United Methodist Judicial Council (the equivalent of our church supreme court) handed down Decision 1451 regarding the processes to govern the 2024 meeting of the General Conference. This decision responded to requests from the...

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Considering Methodist Options

By Thomas Lambrecht By the end of this year (2022), about 2,000 local churches will have disaffiliated from The United Methodist Church. Hundreds more will do so next year. Where will they end up? A few will remain as independent Methodist churches. The vast majority...

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Charting a New Direction for the UMC (Part II)

By Thomas Lambrecht With the recent election of thirteen new bishops, the active Council of Bishops will be made up of one-third new members on January 1, 2023. As such, they will play a powerful role in setting the direction of The United Methodist Church into the...

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Charting a New Direction for the UMC (Part 1)

By Thomas Lambrecht -- With the recent election of thirteen new bishops, the active Council of Bishops will be made up of one-third new members on January 1, 2023. As such, they will play a powerful role in setting the direction of The United Methodist Church into the...

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