The Recovery of a Contagious Methodist Movement asks whether enough New Testament Christianity exists only in institutional form, including the United Methodist Church, to change the world.
If, author George Hunter asks, United Methodism is to thrive, it needs to focus on mission and recall that early Methodism was an extravagant expression of missional Christianity. Net membership decline is not from losing more people but from reaching fewer people.
The need for the gospel of Jesus Christ is greater than ever. United Methodists must create structures and serve God and neighbor in order to spread, as Wesley admonished, scriptural holiness throughout the land.
Methodism started out as a missional alternative to establishment Christianity, but is now like the establishment Christianity it once critiqued.
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