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Tony Jones addressed the United Methodist Church as “scholar in residence” at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria. He was given the topic, “Why is the United Methodist Church so Screwed Up?”. Sounds like a very emergent sounding title. Jones is the pastor of Solomon’s Porch and one of the key figures with Brian McLaren in the increasingly irrelevant emergent church movement.

Despite evidence a weak grasp of church history, he made some observations as an outsider. The article summarizes the problems as follows (he may have made other, more significant observations than these):

  • People seeking ordination have to “jump through hoops of burning fire”.
  • Younger pastors are frustrated because the older leaders “won’t relinquish control.”
  • Church bureaucracies don’t rely on the Holy Spirit and don’t value initiative.
  • They are hindered by their doctrinal distinctions which many lay people do not hold to at this time.
  • In light of the broken relationships they need to focus on reconciliation.
  • They may need to “euthanize some things to make room for the gospel.”

An Episcopalian author, Diane Butler Bass, was present and noted that the UMC is not the only denomination in trouble. “Institutional Christianity” is in trouble.

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