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Defining Connectionalism

Last week, Cynthia & I were discussing the two part blog series written by Dr. David Scott for UM & Global (Part 1 & Part 2).  While we appreciated the historical content and the concise summary of diverse potential scenarios, the title, "Whither the Central Conference in a 'loosened connection'" gave us pause.  The blog focused on what scenarios might emerge as the Commission on A Way Forward’s works to articulate possible structural options that, as they say, will likely provide a “loosening” of our connection.  What seems to be implied in this use of “connection” is the changing of structural identity – the loosening of a denominational framework that has become, for some, limited and no longer adequate or effective.  

We began to reflect on a broader definition of "connection."  Our Book of Discipline currently explains connectionism as follows: 132 - The Journey of a Connectional People - Connectionism in the United Methodist tradition is m…

Stewards of the Vision


Last week I had the opportunity to join the new District Superintendents and Directors of Connectional Ministries for their orientation week in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.The CT Staff has been a part of the faculty for the new DCM track of this event for the past few years, and each year it proves to be a rich opportunity to connect with leaders who have a similar, connectional functions within our church.
Our time together focused on the strategies and best practices for navigating their new role as “stewards of the vision.”I was able to share with them some of the ways the Connectional Table is also seeking to steward resources toward our missional priorities.We continue to focus on bearing fruit in the Four Areas of Focus, and we are designing assessment and evaluation tools to help us measure our collective progress in this work.
The keynote speaker at the event was Rev. Lisa Greenwood from the Texas Methodist Foundation. She spent time helping leaders unde…

AWAKE, THOU THAT SLEEPEST: Charles Wesley’s Sermon #3 – 1742

Do you focus on the palms or the passion?That was the question that the worship leader asked me the first Sunday I was responsible for preaching at the contemporary worship service at Athens First United Methodist Church in Georgia.I had never thought we had any other options except to focus in on the celebration and Christ’s triumphunt entry into Jerusalem.But, as she shared with me, the contemporary service congregation wouldn’t really have the chance to wrestle with the passion prior to Easter because they weren’t really engaged with the other services of the church, and since the church only offered the Good Friday service at noon, they wouldn’t likely get that chance to walk the journey to the cross.So, do you focus on the palms or find a way to introduce them to the Christ’s journey to the cross?
That question has arisen in my heart every time I reflect upon this Holy Week experience.As the members of my Sunday School shared yesterday, it’s not “either/or” b…