26
May
09

The UMC-the challenges

My previous post mentioned the strategic priority team that I’m involved in with the United Methodist Church Of The Resurrection. That priority is to “Raise up a new generation of Pastoral leaders for the UMC.” Obviously by creating this strategic objective and making it a priority in our church that the United Methodist Church in general is facing some challenges in the area. At one of our first team meetings we reviewed a few of these challenges that the denomination is facing. I thought I would share some of them with you.

  1. The average age of a pastoral leader in the UMC is 52.
  2. Less than 7% of pastoral leaders are under the age of 35.
  3. Pastors are most effective at reaching people who are within 10 years of their age of either side (42-62 right now)
  4. If the current trends continue in the UMC this denomination will not exist in 44 years.

Some very big challenges lie ahead for the denomination, and looking at these challenges you can see why we believe that equipping the younger generation and intentionally guiding them towards ministry in the UMC is the best solution to getting the UMC on the right track. I hope to share some of the specific steps our team is taking to address these challenges in my next post.

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FYI

Everything here represents my own opinion and not the opinion of The United Methodist Church of The Resurrection or The United Methodist Church. It's purely my own random thoughts.
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