Howard Dayton asks if retirement is a Biblical goal. I've sometimes wondered the same thing. I've noticed that some people "retire" then shift over to volunteer ministry, even full time! How about UM clergy? Should United Methodists continue to have a mandatory retirement age?
Crystal Cathedral has brought its creditors together and apologized for failing to pay its debts on time. I'm guessing lots of churches have been struggling to make ends meet, which leads me to this question: Should churches be getting into debt in the first place? Before I joined my current congregation, I attended a small United Methodist Church that was really struggling financially. But we didn't owe a dime, not even on our property and building. Our district superintendent told us one year at charge conference that we were the only church in our district he knew about that was totally debt free. Are you kidding me? The only one? Even if a church is growing by leaps and bounds, is financing a building project and equipment a wise decision? Scripture says that the borrower is a slave of the lender (Proverbs 22:7). So when our churches go into debt, aren't we essentially selling ourselves into a form of slavery?
The head of the General Board of Global Missions wants to increase the number of United Methodist missionaries worldwide. This week, Bishop Bruce Ough headed to Vietnam to help seek formal recognition of the United Methodist Church by the Vietnamese government.
Go read this editorial by Donald Haynes in the United Methodist Reporter. Haynes says we need to rethink our structure and rediscover our passion.