March 25, 2017

January 7, 2017

Decisions Have Consequences

Last summer, the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elected the first openly gay bishop of that denomination. Now, it is finding out that decisions to play ideological games really do have consequences. It seems the money spigot has gotten clogged, and an appeal has been sent out to open it up again:

With the election, consecration, and appointment of Bishop Karen Oliveto this summer, the Western Jurisdiction crossed a new threshold in our search to live into being the church we believe God is calling us to be – a church embracing all of God’s children and empowering every follower to fully live into their God-given vocation. Those gathered in Arizona felt the Spirit at work as they decided to elect and consecrate our denomination’s first openly lesbian Bishop. In doing so, we pledged to stand together and support one another in this continuing work.

We now invite you to stand with us supporting congregations and brother and sister pastors in need. We seek your prayers and your monetary gifts.

As we crossed the threshold, there has been stress in some of our most theologically diverse congregations. Some have lost members. Others have had members withdraw their financial support. We believe theological diversity is critical for the vitality of The United Methodist Church. We seek to help our churches as we live into this new future. All our churches throughout the Mountain Sky Area play a vital role in witnessing to the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. We remain committed to all churches in our area.

That is why the Mountain Sky Area is creating a Mountain Sky Vital Congregations Sustentation Fund to provide churches with short-term financial assistance as we move toward the day when God’s hopeful vision of all being included in The United Methodist Church becomes fully real. This fund is especially needed where a pastor’s compensation is at risk. Allocated funds for equitable compensation support will be exhausted before the need is met. And, importantly, by Discipline, equitable compensation funds cannot be used for part-time pastors in the same situation.

Your help is needed!

As committed workers in God’s field, we invite you to stand together with us through your financial support of this fund.

It’s a real shame that the rubes sheep members of WJ churches aren’t forking over the way they were expected to in gratitude for their church spitting in the face of Scripture and 2000 years of church practice. The nerve of some people!

But I’m sure the gay communities in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and other West Coast cities will bail them out, the same way New Hampshire gays flooded the Episcopal churches there when Gene Robinson emptied them out. It’s just a matter of getting the word out, and the social justice warriors will line up to throw their money at the Western Jurisdiction so that the Methodist church in Moose Jaw, Montana can keep its rainbow-flag flying pastor. So to all the SJWs reading this post, time to get those checkbooks out. The fourteen Methodists left in the Western United States need your help. They know they can count on you.

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The UMC is having a tough time lately.  While I was driving one morning last week I happened to be listening to the John Boy and Billy Big Show on my local FM station.  They ran one of their comedy “bits” featuring the Rev. Billy Ray Collins of “The Sword Of Joshua Independent Full-Gospel Pentecostal Assembly just off State Road 23 on the frontage road.”  Rev. Collins was disparaging a local atheist who had started an atheist church which was designed to be just like regular church except it had all the God squeezed out.  Rev. Collins then opined that they didn’t need another church like that since one already existed with all the God squeezed out and it was called the United Methodist Church.  My passenger and I looked at each other with a “did they really just say that on the radio” look and then burst out laughing.  My passenger, BTW, was a former UMC pastor who left the denomination over issues of orthodox theology; i.e., its precipitous decline in the UMC leaders to whom he reported and other pastors in his annual conference.

[1] Posted by Daniel on 1-7-2017 at 06:14 PM · [top]

Theological diversity is apparently a virtue. At least for the moment. How long before wrongthink is ungood?

[2] Posted by Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) on 1-7-2017 at 06:25 PM · [top]

Brokeback just took on a whole new meaning.

[3] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 1-7-2017 at 08:20 PM · [top]

Diverse teachings are heresies.

[4] Posted by Pb on 1-8-2017 at 04:34 PM · [top]

You are so mean, David!  Aren’t you aware it is your DUTY to support those who are diverse without regard to how it impacts you or the Church Universal?

yeah, me too.  Seems there are a lot of us.

[5] Posted by Jackie on 1-8-2017 at 05:10 PM · [top]

The “Discipline” (sic) of the UMC apparently has an iron-clad grip over how funds may be used to compensate part-time clergy, but shouldn’t impact a theological break with 2,000 years of Christian tradition. I love that attention to detail.

[6] Posted by polycarp on 1-8-2017 at 11:52 PM · [top]

As we know from experience, this can absolutely kill a church.  It’s totally sad to see the UMC, the church of my youth, starting the ride down the drain.  I pray they stop it before it goes too far.

[7] Posted by B. Hunter on 1-9-2017 at 01:16 PM · [top]

The UMC Book of Discipline states that ¶ 304.3: The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”  Yet they have a gay bishop! 

I currently serve an Anglican parish in Colorado, which happens to be in the UMC’s Western Jurisdiction, and the local UMC pastor thinks having a gay bishop is just wonderful and wants to encourage the local UCC pastor, who is gay, to join the ministerial association.  The issue threatens to divide our local ministerial association.  Just when I thought I had left the fight behind in TEC, I land in the middle of this.  Please pray for us!

[8] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 1-10-2017 at 02:14 AM · [top]

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