The future of The United Methodist Church [June 17, 2007 {0688}; An e-Review Florida UMNS Commentary by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

You certainly stressed youth and young people at the recent conference. There won't be many, if this is the way conference leaders treat our thriving churches. Shame on The United Methodist Church and shame on our conference’s leaders. I am ashamed to call myself a Methodist, but I won't be one much longer, and I know I will NEVER put another coin in an offering plate, which is a very sad outcome, considering my entire family, three generations, worshipped together EVERY Sunday and have all been very active. In closing I will say that I can really understand membership declining in the Methodist churches and I and many, many others see why. My grandmother went to conference many years ago and voted for the merger of the E.U.B. Church and The Methodist Church. She felt like it was the right thing to do. She would be heartbroken to see how The Methodist Church has been treating it's ministers and their congregations. I have a real problem trying to understand how our leaders, these "men of God," can act in such un-Godly behavior, neglecting the wishes of an entire congregation and its pastor for those of a few who have an axe to grind.

Nancy  Marco
Sebastian United Methodist Church, Sebastian

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