John Lomperis

John Lomperis

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.



Maddy Chumley of North Texas, a teenage member of the board of the directors of the UMC's General Board of Discipleship, presides at a GYPCLA session.

Young United Methodists Reject Gay Marriage

July 23, 2014

During its quadrennial meeting in the Philippines, the UMC’s Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPCLA) rejected three resolutions to affirm homosexual behavior.


Large, Growing UMC Conferences Overwhelmingly Reject LGBTQ Agenda

July 7, 2014

Even as US culture changes, new data show the United Methodist Church in the United States shrinking where it secularizes its values and growing where it does not.

Philadelphia-area clergy gather to participate in a same-sex union blessing ceremony at Arch Street United Methodist Church (photo: UMNS).

BREAKING: Complaint Filed Against Philadelphia 36

July 3, 2014

Formal complaints have now been filed against the 36 renegade United Methodist ministers who jointly presided over a publicity-stunt same-sex union ceremony last fall are now facing formal complaints.

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Reaction Round-up for Adam Hamilton’s Episcopalianizing “Way Forward” for UMC

July 2, 2014

A round-up from around United Methodist cyberspace of reaction to Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter’s “Way Forward” for the UMC’s sexuality controversies.

Mr. (formerly Rev.) Frank Schaefer (Photo credit: UMNS)

United Methodist Pastor Reinstated in Same-Sex Marriage Case

June 24, 2014

A regional appeals committee of the United Methodist Church has reinstated the clergy credentials of a former pastor who was recently defrocked for performing a same-sex union ceremony.

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Detailed Analysis of Hamilton’s “Way Forward” for the UMC

June 10, 2014

I earlier gave a summary response to the proposal of the Rev. Adam Hamilton and others for the United Methodist Church to follow the lead of the Episcopal Church on sexual morality while adopting…

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection near Kansas City (photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

Response to Adam Hamilton’s Disconnectional “Way Forward” for the UMC

June 9, 2014

A response to Adam Hamilton’s plan for the United Methodist Church to follow the Episcopal Church’s liberalizing lead on sexual morality, while radically loosening the denomination’s connectional ethos and structure.

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Sermon: “What should we do?”

June 3, 2014

The following sermon was delivered by UMAction Director John Lomperis on Sunday, April 27 at First UMC of Michigan City, Indiana   First Lesson: 1 Peter 3:13-22 Second Lesson:  Acts 2:1-41   Around this…

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Question Facing UMC: Who is Lord, Jesus or Caesar?

May 10, 2014

The United Methodist Church’s finance agency appears to have made a major decision by thinking in terms of money and secular norms to the exclusion of Christian faithfulness considerations.

Bishop Warner Brown of the California-Nevada Conference (Photo credit: Ronny Perry / United Methodist News Service)

United Methodist Bishops Meet amidst Denominational Storm

May 9, 2014

The active United Methodist bishops from around the world gathered together this week amidst increasingly intense divisions within the denomination.

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Come One, Come “All to Light the Fire!” Church Renewal Conference

May 7, 2014

United Theological Seminary’s church renewal conference, “Light the Fire!” will be held later this week, May 8-9 in Tipp City, Ohio (near Dayton). This annual event is a great place to connect and be encouraged with other evangelical United Methodists.

Amy DeLong watches a Connectional Table increasingly bending itself to her will.  (Photo credit: IRD)

Amy DeLong Promoted to Chair of United Methodist Connectional Table

May 1, 2014

Top leaders of the United Methodist Church recently gave up on earning the trust of the denomination’s orthodox majority, instead choosing to allow a handful of outside LGBTQ activists to determine its agenda, priorities, schedule, and relationship to the rest of the church.