Vote for 'Traditional Plan' on sexuality credited for reduced giving

Thursday, August 1, 2019
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Church offeringUncertainties surrounding the United Methodist Church have led to a decrease in cash flow.

Money flowing from local UMC churches to denominational agencies is down compared to last year, according to a report from the denomination's General Council on Finance and Administration. Remittances to general church funds, the council reports, for the first of this year were $4.9 million less than the first half of 2018 – a drop described by the United Methodist News Service as a "financial hangover from the 2019 General Conference" that took place in February.

Mark Tooley, president of The Institute on Religion & Democracy says it looks like "we may be entering the early part of the final stages of the United Methodist centralized bureaucracy."

Tooley, Mark (IRD)"… Liberals are upset that the church reaffirmed traditional sexuality standards in February [and] conservatives have been upset with the church for decades," he describes. "And so everyone is unhappy, and increasingly more and more people expect the denomination to divide."

Tooley tells OneNewsNow it can't be exactly pinpointed as to why money is decreasing – but he notes that in response to February's 438-384 vote affirming traditional standards, some liberal leaders have publicly suggested withholding funds … which Tooley finds quite ironic.

"Agencies of the denomination are controlled by liberals," he notes. "So it's an odd situation where now liberal churches seem to be withholding money from liberal church agencies."

The IRD president predicts it's only a matter of time that some type of split will take place within the United Methodist Church.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

FEATURED PODCAST

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

The leftward drift in the Southern Baptist Convention is …

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Rockets strike near US Embassy in Baghdad; no injuries
Israel's Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu
Red flood warning issued for Wales as storm rips across UK
Xi's early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions
Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river
14-year-old charged with Barnard College student death
Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Huawei rift between US and Europe becoming an issue for NATO
Ukrainian president slams Trump impeachment as a 'soap opera,' undermines key Dem argument
Connecticut nightclub shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 wounded, police say
Bombshell buried deep inside IG report: FBI gave 'highly classified' info to British spy Christopher Steele
Pentagon to extend availability of 4 military bases to help with coronavirus efforts: official

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
TX pastor: Pray against evil but prepare for it

El Paso shooting scene (Aug 2019)With tragic mass shootings becoming more common, a Southern Baptist leader has some ideas about the role a local church can play when tragedy strikes a community.