If that is the reason, then why isn’t the #UMC growing? #GC2012 #WVUMC

The results of a five-year study of the Millennial Generation—people born between 1982 and 1993—are in. Thanks to the Barna Group, a 28-year-old, California-based, Christian research firm, we now know that conservative evangelical churches are losing formerly–affiliated “young creatives:” Actors, artists, biologists, designers, mathematicians, medical students, musicians, and writers.

via Why Young People Are Fleeing Conservative Evangelicalism | Belief | AlterNet.

Simple reasons, really… for one, the UMC is not the bastion of liberal theology that the more conservative conservatives in the denomination seems to think that it is. Second, once you are indoctrinated that evangelicalism is the only “right” Christianity, then it is difficult to see the value, hope, and validity in other streams of Christian expression.

So often, I meet people who still insist that the KJV is the only right bible, and they they are atheists… or at best, agnostics. It is a cognitive dissonance that keeps them from seeing their own continued perpetuation of the Evangelical-onlyist myth.

We need to begin to reach these separated children to show them that yes, we as Christians agree with them… that there is a better, non-bitter Christianity than the F/fundamentalist stream.

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One Reply to “If that is the reason, then why isn’t the #UMC growing? #GC2012 #WVUMC”

  1. Greetings,

    It looks like the UMC is heading in the direction of other “liberal” churches in allowing blessed unions and gay clergy, if this is the case, like the ELCA Lutheran, which are losing members and congregations regularly they at least have a “bound conscience” on the individual to not agree with this social teaching…what is your view and prediction for the 2012 general conference on these issues? (I’m considering leaving to convert to the Catholic Church, they tend not to change every time the wind blows…I love their stance regardless of generational issues.)

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