The statement really made me pause and reflect, “You are the most highly educated and well trained disciples of Jesus Christ that have ever walked the face of the earth.” The author of this challenging declaration was Dr. Tom Albin of the Upper Room who was addressing a group of UM clergy from North Georgia a few days back.
If Dr. Albin is right then why is it our impact seems anemic in comparison to the move of God over the ages, especially in the Wesleyan heritage? Seems like we institutionalized (inadvertently) the church in 1968 and we have been in decline ever since. The paradox is the thousands of Methodist clergy and laity I know that are devoted and inspired by the Holy Spirit to the great cause of the gospel of Christ and Colossians 1:27-28. Where is the fire? Why are we trying so hard without corporate effect?
The ultimate question that comes to mind is can we become a movement once more and how? Heard hundreds of suggestions over the years but all seem too complicated to really carry out or come with the expectations that someone else will play instigator. Let’s strike a match of simplicity and just pray. A specific time, every day, without presenting a grocery list to God; just pray that God would move and we would join God en masse and that Methodism would be a movement once again. Your thoughts?