Stealing from other congregations, the United Methodist Church dissolves


By Brother Thom

Pastor’s have long been concerned about other churches enticing congregants away for their church. This is a very real concern, losing members to another church not only hurts the family of Christ, but it hurts the wallet too. Tithing keeps the doors open and ministries functioning. So the fear of members of your congregations being enticed away by bigger or better churches is very real and justified … or is it.

I think the often overlooked reality is that we want people to be happy, functioning members of a church. That shouldn’t mean a winner takes all strategy. We should encourage any member of our congregations who are searching for more than we can deliver to move on. In fact we should help them. Years ago, we had a pastor at a United Methodist Church I attended that would offer to help anyone desiring to leave, to find a new church family. He was sincere in this respect, and wanted nothing more than to ensure anyone wanting to leave, find a new home. His goal was to keep people attending a church, any church, that suited their needs. We didn’t have many people leave, but he did grow the congregation many times over.

Attending church and participating in Biblically sound Sunday school classes helps us grown spiritually and deepens our faith and understanding in our Lord and Savior. So where am I going with this, I’m headed into uncharted waters. As the United Methodist Church moves ever so closer to dissolving next year, we want to be a safe harbor for those affected by the schism in the denomination.

We are not trying to steal members away from the the fractioning United Methodist Church, nor are we advocating anyone leave whatever fragments remain of the denomination. That said we do want to provide the resources, and information on churches that might serve their needs. We are most closely aligned with the Wesleyan Covenant Association, but we will not shy away from linking individuals with more liberal LGBTQIA churches.

Our goal is to minister to the needs of a growing and diverse community of believers who are affected by the dissolution of the United Methodist Church.



Categories: Brother Thom, UMC

2 replies

  1. It is interesting that the tension between exploring other options and missing out on what is going on in our home churches is very strong. I love visiting other churches just for the exposure to what are frequently new and exciting ways of experiencing the love of Christ, yet at the same time, always find myself wondering what I missed on those Sundays when I was with a different church. The home church is like a family we want to be with every Sunday. Visiting a new church is like going to a distant cousin’s home where you never know what you are going to get. We all need to explore more.

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    • I think people get so comfortable at their home church that it never occurs to them to visit other congregations. This is normal. At my hold church I had a favorite place to sit every Sunday. It was MY seat. But as Pastor Bill grew the congregation, new folks would arrive and inevitably make my seat, their seat. I always sat with Charlie, and he and I got relocated many times as more and more new families came in. Eventually we were on the back row and that was pretty much where we stayed for several years. After Bill retired my old church became a shell of what it once was, and many of us moved on to other church families.

      The good news is God plants us where we need to be. Thanks to my close association with Emmaus, I have had the opportunity to visit close to two dozen churches in the Hampton Roads area. It’s always a great experience seeing how other churches and denominations operate and the delivery of the message by their pastors. I spend a good deal of time reading about religion, denominations and the scripture. I personally think God would like us to hear the Word from many varied perspectives. It makes us better Christian’s.

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