STATE OF THE CHURCH
Downloads and links to reports by study commisions, general boards, and other documents regarding the state of the UMC
Releadsed byTed A. Campbell, Perkins School of Theology, SMU on
Aldersgate Day, 2017 (PDF Download)
"How Radical a Separation, and How Many Groups Would Separate?"
(PDF Download) The agenda of the 2019 GC is constitutionally limited to the soecifics of this letter. Any attempt to deviate would require multiple, sustained, 2/3 votes.
UMNS March 14 2017
The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry brought together 28 academics from three countries...a number of scholars doubt the denomination can stay united — at least in its current form.
This 2015 UMNS article references a report by the Chair of the Economic Advisory Committee in which he states, "By 2030, the denomination in the United States will either have found a way to turn around, meaning it is growing, or its turnaround in the United States is not possible.” There is no publicly available document of the presentation.
A lengthy 2010 study commission report to the Connectional Table
addressing lack of accountability in the UMC and detailing how, " our current culture and practices are resulting in overall decline that is toxic and constricts our missional effectiveness." Business as usual is unsustainable and will lead to increased divisiveness and accelerate the current disintegration. (See: Steering Committee report)
(PDF Download) Official press releases and news reports have been confusing and at times misleading as to the mission and scope of the Commission. This is the official charge to the Commission from the CoB.
It acknowledges that unity and human sexuality are the "presenting issues for a deeper conversation that surfaces different ways of interpreting Scripture and theological tradition."