Sheep and Shepherds in the Methodist Ministry: Andrew C. Thompson

***Disclaimer: this post is not written by Will Willimon. Bishop Willimon invited Jason Byassee and Andrew C. Thompson to respond to criticism about his focus upon numbers as an evaluating tool in accessing effectivness in ministry for United Methodist clergy and congregations. This is Rev. Thompson’s response to that invitation. One warm autumn evening aContinue reading “Sheep and Shepherds in the Methodist Ministry: Andrew C. Thompson”

Good News – by the Numbers

We opened Annual Conference this year with our Conference Statistician (and Connectional Ministries Director) Lori Carden, giving us some dismal, rather frightening statistics. Then the next day Adam Hamilton opened his address by saying that if the general church continues on its present path of an aging and shrinking membership, the United Methodist Church willContinue reading “Good News – by the Numbers”

More On Numbers: Jason Byassee

***Disclaimer: this post is not written by Will Willimon. Bishop Willimon invited Jason Byassee and Andrew C. Thompson to respond to criticism about his focus upon numbers as an evaluating tool in accessing effectivness in ministry for United Methodist clergy and congregations. This is Jason Byassee’s response to that invitation.“It’s easy to get people inContinue reading “More On Numbers: Jason Byassee”