Mainline Denominations

United Methodist evangelicals growing amid UMC decline

"At the United Methodist Church, money’s tight, factions are readying exits, and social justice takes priority in witness. However, the denomination’s 'traditionalists' — so named for their support for the accuracy and authority of the Bible, especially regarding LGBT marriage and clergy — are growing in number and telling others how Jesus saves." - CPost

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Episcopal Church panel rules against bishop who banned gay marriage in diocese: He 'violated canon law'

"A Title IV Hearing Panel, which focuses on issues of ecclesiastical discipline when a clergy is accused of misconduct, released a unanimous opinion last Friday finding Love guilty." - C.Post

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Pew Research: Mainline Protestants twice as likely as evangelicals to have religiously unaffiliated teenage kids

"In a report released Thursday, Pew found that 80% of evangelicals surveyed had a teenage child who shared their religious identification; 81% of Catholic respondents reported the same. However, mainline Protestant respondents ... 55%." - C.Post

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PCUSA lost 50K members, 120 congregations in 2019; celebrates apparent slowing of decline

"From 2018 to 2019, PC(USA) went from approximately 1,352,000 active members to approximately 1,302,000 members....The number of congregations belonging to PC(USA) also declined, going from 9,161 in 2018 to 9,041 in 2019. This is around 400 fewer congregations than the denomination had in 2016." - CPost

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More Non-Evangelicals Are Calling Themselves Born Again

"It almost seems counterintuitive. While significant portions of the country jettison religion, others are increasingly identifying with a more devout expression of the faith. Across segments of Christianity—not just evangelical Protestants—Americans are heeding the scriptural call that “you must be born again” (John 3:7), even when the label has not historically been part of their faith traditions." - Christianity Today

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David French explains how Pete Buttigieg's Mainline Protestant faith differs from evangelical faith

"...the Mainline vision of salvation is alien to the Evangelical mind. Without diving in depth into each of the 'Five Solas' of the Reformation, most Evangelical Protestants understand salvation not through works of compassion but rather through faith alone, by the grace of God alone, working through the atoning sacrifice of Christ alone." - The Dispatch

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United Methodist Church Western Jurisdiction Will Not Comply With Traditional Plan

"At a Council of Bishops meeting on November 6, the five active Western Jurisdiction bishops announced a Safe Harbor Declaration for LGBTQ clergy. Saying they’re 'haunted by the actions of the 2019 Special General Conference....We do not believe The United Methodist Church has the authority or the power to impose limits on the movement of God’s Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s beloved LGBTQ+ children.” - Church Leaders

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Advocacy group proposal for United Methodist Church General Conference: split UMC into four new denominations

"UM-Forward submitted their proposal called the New Expressions Worldwide Plan.... introduced as a way to resolve the years-long divisive debate within the UMC over the mainline Protestant denomination’s stance on LGBT issues." - Christian Post

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