John Lomperis is IRD’s United Methodist Director. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago, and has an M.Div from Harvard University.
Recently, some have prominently called for American churches to better attract young adults by pandering to secular liberal values, particularly on sex outside of man-woman marriage. But how well do such efforts actually work, either in achieving their goal of attracting young adults or in maintaining basic Christian faithfulness?
Liberal United Methodists are once again rallying around Global Segregation in hopes of drastically curtailing African influence in denominational affairs and theologically liberalizing the church.
Frank Schaefer was recently defrocked for refusing to respect the UMC’s ban on blessing same-sex unions. But now his appeal will be heard by another official UMC leadership body, whose chair is a lesbian activist.
Formal complaints have finally been filed against retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert of San Francisco. But much of the process remains intentionally hidden from public view.
How cultural captivity and intimidation of churches leads to withholding Christian compassion from the victims of violence all around us.
Faithful United Methodists have formed a new covenant network to support each other through relationship-building, accountability, mentoring the next generation of leaders, growing and planting vital congregations, and sharing resources and best practices for effective ministry.