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Knox United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines.

A global identity

Can United Methodism restructure itself?

United Methodists may be excused for being a bit confused about their denominational identity these days. Though it is the second largest Protestant denomination in the U.S.—behind the Southern Baptist Convention—the U.S. membership of the United Methodist Church has been declining. In response, the church's bishops are presenting a proposal to the 2012 General Conference titled "Call to Action." They have been listening to church growth consultants like Lovett H. Weems Jr. of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., who says: "There's no future for the UMC in the U.S. unless it can demonstrate that it can reach more people, younger people and more diverse people."

 

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