Monday, March 29, 2010

Methodist church 'prepared to go out of existence'

Is this the end of the line for English Methodism?

Addressing the Church of England’s General Synod, Methodist Conference President David Gamble said: “Methodists approach the Covenant with the Church of England in the spirituality of the Covenant prayer. “So when we say to God ‘let me have all things let me have nothing’, we say it by extension to our partners in the Church of England as well. We are prepared to go out of existence not because we are declining or failing in mission, but for the sake of mission.

Winston Churchill said after the successful evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940 that "Wars are not won by evacuations". In other words, defensive measures may be necessary, but, as every chess player knows, attack is the best form of defence. A merger of the Methodist Church with the Anglicans may be necessary, but it is a defensive measure. At face value, it doesn't sound as if it is going to win the war.

Read the Daily Mail report here and the Christianity Today report here.

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