Many church organizations are having to make difficult decisions. The Catholic church is not alone, the United Methodist church on an annual basis closes church locations and is seeing a rise in congregational mergers. Two reasons from my perspective that this is happening in the UM church: 1. Population shifting into the cities and away from rural settings. 2. The UM, as a denomination, has lost almost 5 million members since 1968. The answers to the delimna are not particularly easy to discern, hear or implement. Many people are throwing rocks at the mainline denominations and are pronouncing them places of “hospice”. I for one do not believe that God is done with the mainline denominations.
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I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past twelve years. My wife Susan and I have three children: Madelyn, Marshall and Melisa. When we aren't attending a ballet or ballgame somewhere, you can find us...oh who am I kidding... this season of life always finds us at a ballgame (Marshall and Melisa) or a ballet (somewhat less now that Madelyn is living in Anapolis, MD.). The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts. View all posts by Todd Nelson