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by Lovett H. Jr. Weems

  • ISBN: 1426740379
  • Category: Christian Books
  • Author: Lovett H. Jr. Weems
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Pages: 120 pages
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Few would disagree that many challenges face The United Methodist Church. Into this one little book Lovett Weems has packed the fruit of years of loving, critical examination of our church

Few would disagree that many challenges face The United Methodist Church. Into this one little book Lovett Weems has packed the fruit of years of loving, critical examination of our church. With Focus, we have the gift of a strong, clear prescription for our present malaise. Bishop Will Willimon.

Lovett H. Weems Jr. is distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at WesleyTheological Seminary in Washington, . He came to this position in 2003 after 18 years as president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Weems is a graduate of Millsaps College; Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University; and Wesley Theological Seminary

Focus: The Real Challenges That Face The United Methodist Church (Adaptive Leadership Series) Feb 1, 2012. by Lovett H. Weems, J. was born and grew up in Mississippi where he was a United Methodist pastor for many years. His work in Mississippi led the late Willie Morris to describe him as "one of the persons who added much to the growing civility of Mississippi. Focus: The Real Challenges That Face The United Methodist Church (Adaptive Leadership Series) Feb 1, 2012.

Few would argue that many challenges face The United Methodist Church

Few would argue that many challenges face The United Methodist Church. With insight, conviction, and calm resolve, Lovett Weems challenges United Methodists not only to ask these hard questions, but to face up to the difficult decisions they require of us as we continue to seek God's will for our lives together.

Weems' recommendations for the United Methodist Church follow the "Call to Action" in many ways. Mar 13, 2012 Kathryn Witzel rated it really liked it. A hard look at the state of the United Methodist church with practical, honest ideas for the future. Feb 01, 2012 James rated it it was amazing

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Few would argue that many challenges face The United Methodist Church. But what are the core issues and concerns, the ones that must be addressed if the church is to follow God’s leading into the future? Laying aside what can be merely tweaked or adjusted, what must the UMC “reset” about itself? Lovett Weems, one of the most highly-respected interpreters of contemporary United Methodism, suggests that we start with the following:

- What will happen now that the increased giving that United Methodists have enjoyed (despite declining membership numbers) has reached a plateau and begun to decline?

- Why, with 34,000 congregations and $6.5 billion in annual giving, can’t United Methodists add a net increase of even 1 new disciple of Jesus Christ in a given year?

- Why are United Methodist clergy less concerned with reaching young adults than are laity? Why are laity unwilling to make the changes to worship and budgets required to attract these same young adults?

- If the percentage of married couples with young children has declined by half since the 1950s, why is that still the group we focus on reaching?

- Why are so many mid-sized churches on their way to becoming small-membership congregations?

With insight, conviction, and calm resolve, Lovett Weems challenges United Methodists not only to ask these hard questions, but to face up to the difficult decisions they require of us as we continue to seek God’s will for our lives together.


Reviews about Focus: The Real Challenges That Face The United Methodist Church (Adaptive Leadership Series) (7):
Gigafish
Excellent book. Very informative towards the needs of "downscaling" for the future of the UMC. Also, this "Focus" would bring us back to the necessary basics, and re-focus us on the support needed from the small church, that the leadership should be investing in --in a different way.
Kigabar
Superb! Vitally important to today's Methodist churches.
Uanabimo
This should be required reading for any United Methodist! Most especially those who are selected to be lay leaders in any position of their church. This is the most relevant book on current United Methodism I have read.
Clodebd
Whether you agree or not with Mr. Weems, this is an important book for Methodsts to read concerning their church and its direction.
Uscavel
This book addresses the present challenges that face the UMC that I had hoped. Someone else had recommended it and I found it to be helpful. Dr. Weems provides lots of insights into the history as well as the present state of the UMC.
GAZANIK
I believe the best way to solve a complex problem is first to identify the underlying issues. Mr Weems does that in this book. I liked the historical perspective and the statistics which helped me to better understand. A very thoughtful and thought provoking book.
Whitescar
Focusing on what and how the UMC can reach out to others and how to cut expenses. And witnessing to others.
Overall the book is very good and makes you stop and think about what the Methodist Chruch needs to do to help it to grow but other denominations can benefit from it as well.

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