A GMC Survey

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There’s so much hearsay and innuendo going around right now. Everyone tends to believe the worst about the “other side.” Well, I try very hard not to fall into those traps. I want to know the truth. I want to understand. I want to learn.

With that in mind, I have created a survey to understand the beliefs and attitudes of people who have either left the United Methodist Church to join the Global Methodist Church or who are planning to do so in the future. If this is you: I want to know where you stand on several issues and practices. I also want to know the real reasons you left. The survey is anonymous and asks for no personal information. My goal is to share the results of this survey in a future article on this site. At a later time, I’m also planning to do a similar study for those who plan to remain in the United Methodist Church.

Want to participate? Click here.

Thank you for helping me to grow and to understand. I hope this information is also beneficial to others.

2 thoughts on “A GMC Survey

  1. I am the son of a UMC pastor, retired, and been UMC all my 62 years. I was raised in the Holston conference in Tenn / SW Va. it was rather conservative.
    I moved to Charlottesville Va in 1983 and the Virginia conference. my wife and I immediately noticed a difference that the Virginia conference was much more liberal and progressive than where we came from. I have noticed that this has gotten more so over the years. A dear friend of mine was the church representative to annual conference this past year and reported back that it was so contentious nothing could be done businesswise. That one pastor from Northern Virginia declared traditional Methodist for a disease an outdated in the conference. It was also reported back the conference leader ship said the Nicene creed and the apostles creed were no longer corner stone believes of the conference. I believe that the United Methodist Church has left me!
    I have always told my kids and grandkids if you are asked what you believe as a Christian, all you have to do is recite the Apostles Creed as learned in church.
    If leaders in the UMC no longer believe in this, why are they calling themselves Christians? If you don’t believe the Gospel in its entirety, you are not Christian. Go be Jewish, or Islamic, or any other religious group who believes in a God, but not Jesus as the son of God and savior of the world!

    1. First, I apologize for taking so long to approve and reply to your comment. I can’t speak to the specific comments that you mentioned because I have no knowledge of those situations. The only thing I will say is be careful of believing hearsay and of taking statements out of context. In my experience, such comments as the “outdated” one you mention refer only to the UMC’s stance on sexuality. I would also be careful about the statements you mentioned about the creeds. Again, I can only speak anecdotally, but I don’t know a single progressive who denies the divinity of Jesus or the virgin birth (which are both allegations I see often, usually without any actual proof). You’re going to have outliers in every single denomination and faith who don’t align 100% with every belief but in terms of essentials of the faith that will be rare. I suspect even the GMC are going to have people who don’t agree 100% with all of their stated beliefs.

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