Monday, July 19, 2010

Call to Action Team Releases Findings of Two Important Studies

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

The Call to Action Steering Team has recently released the findings of two independent studies of The United Methodist Church:  (1) a Congregational Vitality Research Project and (2) an Operational Assessment Project.  These studies can be found at

The first study used a rigorous and comprehensive regression analysis to identify statistically significant “drivers” of local church vitality.  The second study employed proven methods for in-depth interviews and surveys in a careful review of the mission, culture, values, structure, and processes of our church leading to a reliable report about the perceived state of the UMC connection.
Since these important projects produced findings that should inform our choices about future actions, we invite you to carefully read and reflect on this research and share a few recommendations that you believe emerge from the data and will advance the mission of the church. We are looking for a few key, strategic; “game changing” recommendations in light of this research that will lead to needed change to help the church be more effective in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We welcome you to post your reflections and recommendations on this blog.
In late August 2010, the Call to Action Steering Team will formulate recommendations that will be shared with the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table.  Keep this group in your prayers as they help us all discern God’s direction for the future of our church.

As you may recall, the Call To Action Steering Team was created in the spring of 2009 by the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table to guide our denominational response to the urgent opportunity for further alignment of the mission of the church, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and the four areas of focus: global health; ministry with the poor; growing congregations and developing leaders, and to refashion and reposition the church for the 21st century. To read more about their work, visit:

We look forward to your input on these important findings.

Mary Brooke Casad

1 comment:

  1. If we are serious about distance and trust issues, then we'd do a few things:
    1) Eliminate general agencies that are regulatory or performing tasks best done at the Annual Conference or local church level: GCRR, GCSRW, GCCUIC.
    2) Either completely eliminate or restrain GBCS to resourcing Annual Conferences. GBCS continues to have its own agenda and is not very competent at playing politics.
    3) Elect new bishops in Tampa right after General Conference is over. Instead of fiefdoms where dysfunction is subsidized (the Western Jurisdiction), bishops have the enhanced legitimacy of being elected from across the whole church in the US.
    4) We should look at other functions which should be devolved to the Annual Conferences. Appropriate levels of episcopal support can be written into the Discipline and then each episcopal area is responsible for providing it. Instead of each agency having its own ill-publicized scholarship program, let each Annual Conference use those funds for their own programs. How much help does the Black College Fund provide to students outside a few southern states going to a select number of schools? There are a lot of questions that deserve answers.

    Also, the failure to interview Rev. Adam Hamilton is simply inexcusable.