Putting the Movement Back into Methodism

Posted: November 6, 2014 by efenster in Information
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Alan-Hirsch-New-PhotoAll Indiana United Methodist churches–pastors and lay teams–are invited to a special event, Dec. 6th, focusing on how we can put the “movement” back in Methodism.  Yes, Methodism once was a movement.  According to historian Nathan Hatch, at the beginning of the American Revolution Methodists represented 2.5% of the country’s population; by 1850 it had grown to 34%!  (See footnote.)

Yet, The United Methodist Church has been on the decline in America well before the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren merger in 1968.  In fact, in Indiana just last year, of the 1127 United Methodist churches reporting 2013 statistics

  • 50% didn’t report receiving a new member by profession of faith
  • 58% didn’t report an infant baptism
  • 67% didn’t report an adult baptism

What has happened?  What helped create the movement?  How might we become a movement again?  Come to a special event on  Saturday, Dec. 6th, from 10am-3pm at St. Lukes UMC in Indianapolis, featuring Alan Hirsch.  Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and a sought-after speaker and trainer who travels the world extensively sharing his missional church experience.

Click on Hirsch Event registration for more information, registration, a video of Alan Hirsch speaking about discipleship, and more.

I hope you plan to bring a team from your church!  — Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development

(Nathan Hatch, “The Puzzle of American Methodism”, 1994, pp. 178-9)

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