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  1. Just wondering

    A brand new way. The pastor and the church has no say so in regard to appointments? Traditionally, if the church was happy and the pastor was happy, the pastor could stay. But today, if the church can’t afford to pay the tithe, then watch out. Is it time for the church to function better without a conference? Is it all about money, or is it about the gospel? It is happening now. It is a sad day for Methodism.

  2. Rev K

    I was pastor of a church that closed because monies could not be paid to cover levied apportionments let alone contribute to global missions. Our missions became more and more community focused where time and energy could be more effectively applied.. That was 10 years ago. The church was closed and sits empty and in dusrepair, an eyesore to what was a small yet vibrant group of faithful Methodists, all of whom are now Baptists..

  3. David W. Chambers

    How can a post a blog? Our church engaged in a novel process for identifying vlaue and service opportunities. I want to share that with others.

  4. Hayne Hamilton

    Does anyone at today’s UMC know or care that May 10, 2014, is the anniversary of the 1939 reunification of The Methodist Episcopal Church, The Methodist Episcopal Church South, and the Methodist Episcopal Church to form The Methodist Church ? This was a decisive and historic event, not only in the lost history of our church, but in the global mission of a church of God and the civilization and culture of the world. That event came at a time of a vibrant, growing denomination, making more disciples of Jesus Christ and influencing the transformation of the world. Hayne Hamilton, 81 year old member of the UMC and it’s predecessors.

  5. Don Brown an old PK

    I just saw the post on the Methodist merger in 1939. There was a 3rd Methodist church involved the Protestant Methodist Church. Don’t know much about it but in some southern Illinois towns the congregations remained separate until about 1960.

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