What's Next? 22 United Methodist Leaders Discuss the Future of the Church
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It was John Wesley who coined the phrase “agree to disagree” in a memorial sermon at the death of George Whitefield in 1770. Since that time, Wesley’s theological descendants have often seemed to disagree more than agree. Nevertheless, author Kevin Slimp believes most United Methodists aren’t as disagreeable as they might seem at first glance.
In What’s Next: Twenty-Two United Methodist Leaders Discuss the Future of the Church, Slimp continues the conversation he initiated in his 2019 best-selling book, Where Do We Go From Here? Honest Responses From Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders.
In his latest book, Slimp asks 21 United Methodist lay and clergy leaders to share their thoughts about a simple question: “Once the next General Conference eventually concludes, some will go in different directions but most of us will still be calling ourselves United Methodists. What’s next?”
Their answers run the gamut from personal spiritual disciplines to congregational communities, from higher education to houses of worship, from remembering our covenant to being the church in a post-pandemic world. No stone is left unturned.
- Tori Butler: From heartbreak to hollering for change
- Wil Cantrell: The future church is a business (and that’s a good thing)
- Bishop Kenneth Carder: Shifting the margins
- Walter Cross: There is hope
- Melanie Dobson: How can we belong to each other again?
- Chris Donald: What’s next in United Methodist higher education?
- Thomas Frank: What should we do with our houses of worship?
- Kim Goddard: We have a calling to fulfill
- Stephen Handy: The social nature of United Methodists
- Kristin Joyner: A new thing
- Kay Kotan: A visionary future for the church
- William Lawrence: It’s not just about General Conference
- Bishop Richard Looney: Do no harm. Do good.
- Douglas Meeks: What can we hope for now?
- Rebekah Miles: The future is made of the same stuff as the present
- Sue Nilson Kibbey: Freedom through transforming prayer
- Randall Partin: A desire for further conversation
- Rebekah Simon-Peter: Don’t let a good crisis go to waste
- Rodney Smothers: Leadership is essential to the future of the church
- Ryan Spurrier: Christ will sustain where faithfulness flourishes
- Laceye Warner: Called to covenant