The Future of The United Methodist Church

In just a few weeks, United Methodist Clergy and Lay delegates from all over the world will take over Tampa, Florida for General Conference 2012 (#gc2012 for those of you following along on Twitter).  For those of you not familiar with The United Methodist leadership structure- General Conference happens every four years and is the place where legislation and policy are made for the churches and people who make up the denomination.  Each conference (I’m in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference), holds an Annual Conference every year (think Annual Business Meeting)- and of course there are Jurisdictional Conferences where we elect Bishops and so forth.

General Conference is the place where changes to our United Methodist Book of Discipline can be made- and every four years brings the opportunity for debate, both big and small, about the direction of The United Methodist Church.

After a brief discussion on Twitter with Matt Lipan (@mattlipan on Twitter, or you can read his blog here), we both are hoping that the UMC moves in a direction of change for the better.  The question I posed is “What does change for the better look like for the UMC?”  The answer to this question can be as diverse as the people who make up The United Methodist Church.  In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be doing a series of post (and interacting with a few other people) about what changes we’d like to see in the UMC.  While I don’t profess to be an expert in any of these areas, my post will include, but not limited to…

  • The Global Nature of The United Methodist Church- restructuring is on the table in 2012 and it has wide reaching implications for our denomination and who exactly are “United Methodist.”
  • Are we really “making disciples for the transformation of the world?”
  • Generation Lost? Where are the young adults in The UMC?
  • Can we regain our missional DNA?
Those are just a few thoughts that I have had in thinking about this series.  Of course, others will come up.  There are the usual hot button issues that can be/should be discussed.  
What would “meaningful change” look like for you in The United Methodist Church?  What issues do you care most about?  Leave some thoughts in the comments below and check back often!

About Steve LaMotte

Husband and father of three amazing children. Campus Minister of Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Dover, Delaware. Elder in the Pen-Del Conference. Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. Lover of music that makes hipsters cringe.
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One Response to The Future of The United Methodist Church

  1. Daniel says:

    Looking forward to following the discussion Steve.

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