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On Uniting Methodists: What Will We Compromise?

This past week, Lovers Lane played host to the Uniting Methodists Conference, a gathering of those in support of (or seeking to learn more about) the One Church Plan (OCP) as we approach what will hopefully be a historic General Conference in February 2019.  Certainly there will be many reactions posted by those of all theological persuasions, but I wanted to take a moment to offer an insight that became apparent to me in the last few days.

During the conference, we offered the ability for attendees, both in-person and online, to submit questions for our leaders to address at the conference.  I was one of the persons privy to those questions, and I found them to be enlightening.

The largest number of questions had to deal with the technical implementation of the OCP, as it was finally released to the public on Tuesday late-afternoon.  But next to the "nuts-and-bolts" questions, the second-most type of questions had to do with a common theme.  I would summarize them as essent…

On Uniting Methodists: The Authority of Scripture

I had the pleasure of being on the host team for the Uniting Methodists “Room for All” Conference held at Lovers Lane UMC in Dallas, TX just a few weeks ago in July.The pastors, staff, and lay members of LLUMC were incredibly thankful to be able to have such an inspiring and important event on our campus.Those who attended the conference would have seen the following words printed in large black letters on a wall in our Watson Hall:
Our Vision: To be one diverse community, passionately engaging the Bible, uplifting Jesus in worship and loving service, and challenging in love that which divides.We’re proud of that vision statement here at Lovers Lane, it sums up who we feel like God has called us to be as a community of faith, and we hope it inspires those who walk through our doors.
During the past few weeks, as tensions continue to rise with the release of the “One Church” Plan put forth by the Commission on a Way Forward and recommended by the Council of Bishops, I have noticed a comm…

General Conference 2019: A Beginner's Guide

With a special called General Conference coming around the corner in 2019, and knowing that onlookers (pastors, congregants, those outside the UMC) will be watching with varying degrees of knowledge around all it entails, I thought it might be helpful to write up a simple FAQ for those who are not experts in all things United Methodism. This will not be exhaustive and is meant only to give a basic framework for those who are interested in what is happening, but are not familiar with UM structure and jargon.

Note: Since I am not an expert on all of these topics, if at any point you are reading and think, "Scott, that is factually incorrect!" please let me know and I'll do my best to update this page to be as accurate as possible.


What is a General Conference? General Conference (GC) is a gathering every four years of between 600 - 1,000 delegates (clergy and laity, aka pastors and non-pastors) who vote on issues that effect the global denomination. This includes, among ot…