The United Methodist Church is a connectional church, meaning all the churches relate to and are accountable to one another. Here’s our writings on this subject.
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There are essentially two types of church denominational systems: connectionalism and congregationalism. In connectional systems (United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, etc): pastors are assigned to churches churches are accountable to meta-church agencies and boards church buildings and property are owned by the meta-church (the denomination) and held in trust by the local congregation. In congregational […]
Beyond the finances of the deal, the forsaking of the UMC by a former UM Church in Pennsylvania betrays a more insidious form of connection-breaking than any LGBT-inclusive action could do.
The decision by the Boy Scouts of America to cease across-the-board exclusion of gay scoutmasters yields a fascinating parallel for the United Methodist Church regarding LGBT inclusion.
One of the largest United Methodist churches is holding public meetings about their “recruitment” process to “select” a new pastor. Is this how the largest churches get their pastor in a connectional church that appoints pastors to everyone else of lesser size?
A key moment in the debate over women’s ordination in the UMC yields a fascinating parallel to the current discussions of schism over LGBT inclusion.
If Traditionalists think they are going to solve the problem by splitting in this way, they’re not. They will bring the “problem” with them wherever they go.
The proposal doesn’t make us more or less congregational or connectional at all: it affirms the reality and gives freedom for the reality to continue without repercussions.
The choice is clear for the UMC: Either choose the path of secrecy, schism, and threats…or the path of unity, justice, and life together. We may be broken but not beyond a new way forward.
When it comes to the schism conversation in the United Methodist Church, we are being played by masters of spectacle and we need to stop playing the game.