Thoughts on the General Boards and Agencies

This past Saturday I returned from my first visit to an event at one of the general boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church. I was at the General Board of Discipleship for the Open Source Liturgy Project about which you can read in a few previous posts. I believe that this particular project has a lot of potential.

However, I am not confident in the effectiveness of the general boards and agencies of the UMC as a whole. While I was on the trip, I think I figured out why…

  • The boards and agencies are focused on the church.
  • Many local churches that were once focused on those outside the church have changed to an internal focus.

Ideally the boards and agencies would focus on the church and local churches would focus on reaching those outside the church. However, many local churches that were once focused on those outside the church have shifted to an internal focus. The boards and agencies have continued to focus on the church.

One possible path toward greater effectiveness in the denomination would be for the general boards and agencies to no longer resource local churches in ways that are helpful to current members. Instead, provide resource only what will reach non-religious and nominally religious people with the good news of Jesus Christ.

What do you think about this possibility?

Open Source Liturgy Project – Day 1

I am at the first session of the Open Source Liturgy Project hosted by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church in lovely Nashville. I flew in on Southwest Airlines this afternoon and had a great experience getting out of the airport and to the shuttle on to Scarritt Bennett where I will be staying for the next couple nights.

I am excited about the potential of this project to create and share liturgy for baptism, communion, weddings and funerals that will breathe a breath of fresh air into the worship of churches.

I will be taking notes with Google Docs and you can check them out here.

Open Source Liturgy

I read a post this morning that really piqued my interest:

Open Source Liturgy Project: Developers Needed

A call from the General Board of Discipleship for developers to work on an open source project for the texts of communion, baptism, service of Christian marriage and service of death and resurrection. I think that this has the potential to be an important part of the work of renewing the church.

Check out the post for more information on the project and how to submit your name, if interested in being a developer.