Sunday, March 16, 2008

March 3 - No Future for Methodists Unless Change Occurs, Say Leaders

Article: .Emerging Church

"There is no future for The United Methodist Church in the United States unless we can reach more people, younger people and more diverse people," said the Rev. Lovett Weems, a researcher and professor of church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, according to the United Methodist News Service.

The study showed nearly half of American adults said they left the faith tradition of their upbringing and either switched religious affiliations or left the faith tradition altogether. Of the 53 percent who left the Methodist Church of their childhood, 19 percent went to evangelical churches, 11 percent to other mainline Protestant churches 3 percent to historically black churches, and 8 percent to a non-Protestant religion. Moreover, 12 percent say they no longer are part of any faith group.

"For whatever reason, a sizable population raised in the Methodist tradition is no longer Methodist. Maybe we haven't done a good job of showing what is unique and special and important about being a United Methodist," said Scott Brewer, director of research for the United Methodist General Council on Finance and Administration, which collects statistics for the denomination, according to UMNS.

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