The last few years have been full of turmoil within the United Methodist denomination. From the discussion about ending tenure for elders to equality in marriage and ordination, we seem to have been anything but “United” Methodists. The same kinds of problems that have plagued the General Conference exist at the micro level of churches. We disagree about the color of curtains, we argue over traditional communion or intinction, hymns or modern praise music, Sunday school during or before worship, even what kind of coffee we should serve. These differences become nearly impossible to move past when our anxiety levels rise and we feel like the future of our beloved church is at stake. This leads to arguments, schisms, and internal turmoil that threatens to tear apart churches and denominations.
In truth, the thing that matters the most is a simple one. As a church we need to be united in
our efforts to proclaim the gospel as widely as possible to any who will hear and accept God’s
message of love and reconciliation. Christ commissioned us to “go into all the world and make
disciples of every nation…” We move from “United” Methodists to “Untied” Methodists when
we forget our very purpose for existing as a church…to make disciples for Jesus Christ for
the transformation of the world. Let us all consider how we have been a part of the problem
and not the solution as we move forward. Let us all prayerfully consider how we can become
more united in our efforts to accomplish this worthy goal of making disciples. God’s abundant
blessings be with you this summer!