Archive for October, 2009

A statement on sexuality approved by the Baltimore-Washington Conference and a Western North Carolina Conference plan allowing flexibility in the payment of apportionments will go before the United Methodist Judicial Council this week. The two cases are among 21 items the denomination’s highest court will consider when it meets for its fall session starting Wednesday.

judicial_councilThe sexuality case stems from a resolution passed by the 2009 session of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference that mirrors a resolution rejected last year by the United Methodist General Conference. The Baltimore-Washington resolution also uses language from ¶161G of the 2004 United Methodist Book of Discipline, language that was superseded by action of the last year’s General Conference.

Delegates to 2008 General Conference rejected proposed language suggesting that the church has no clear teaching on homosexual relations. Further, the delegates strengthened language on sexual activity outside the bond of marriage, noting that “sexual relations are affirmed only within the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage” (now in ¶161F of the United Methodist Book of Discipline, 2008). The UM General Conference, which meets once every four years, is only body empowered to speak for the entire denomination.

The Baltimore-Washington resolution, similar in language to the legislation rejected by 2008 General Conference, noted that the “we have been and remain divided regarding homosexual expressions of human sexuality.” The Rev. Charles Harrell, pastor of Trinity UMC in Prince Frederick, Md., asked Bishop John Schol to determine whether the resolution “establishes a new and different standard on sexuality from the Discipline.”

Bishop Schol, who was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 and has served the Baltimore-Washington Conference since then, ruled (PDF) that the resolution neither “contradicts the Discipline [n]or establishes a new and different standard on sexuality from the Discipline.”

Under United Methodist legal procedure, a bishop’s “decision of law” is automatically appealed to the Judicial Council.

The apportionments case involves a 2004 vote by the Western North Carolina Conference to institute “Choice Empowerment,” a plan that allowed local churches to have greater leeway in responding to conference and general church funding requests.

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster

A 2006 “Stewardship of Managing Report” (PDF) presented to the Western North Carolina Conference noted that Choice Empowerment had “begun to assist local congregations in prioritizing their giving. While giving for apportionments remains flat, much more money has been given through Advance Specials and local missions given directly by local congregations…. [M]ore congregations are providing more total money for missions than ever before.”

Still, questions lingered about the “validity” of the Choice Empowerment program, leading to a request from the conference’s Council on Finance and Administration for a bishop’s ruling on the matter.

Bishop Larry Goodpaster, who assumed leadership of the Western North Carolina Conference in September 2008, ruled that the five-year-old “choice” plan violates the Book of Discipline.

“For an annual conference to adopt a policy that gives permission to local churches to choose not to pay, or to choose to shift payments from one item to another, is a violation of the letter and spirit of our church law,” Bishop Goodpaster wrote. He noted that ¶247.14 states that “[p]ayment in full of these apportionments by local churches is the first benevolent responsibility of the church.”

As with the case mentioned above, a bishop’s “decision of law” is automatically appealed to the Judicial Council.

Below is a roundup of other items on the Judicial Council’s current docket, as summarized by the United Methodist News Service.

An item from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference raises the issue of whether retired pastors should [be allowed to] serve in local church positions usually allocated to lay people. A retired pastor who had been chairperson of a local church finance committee since 2002 was told in the fall of 2008 that his occupying that position violated the Discipline….

The UM Judicial Council, meeting in April 2009

The UM Judicial Council — April 2009

When the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference met in 2009, the members adopted a resolution requesting that the Judicial Council make a declaratory decision on the matter because there are retired clergy serving as chairpersons of local church finance committees across the connection….

In another sexuality matter, the council will review a Detroit Conference decision concerning the Reconciling Ministries Network, an unofficial organization promoting the full participation of people of all sexual orientations in The United Methodist Church.

During the conference session, an individual asked a question about local churches identifying themselves as reconciling congregations. Bishop Jonathan Keaton ruled that he was not going to address the question because the matter did not deal with conference business….

Other docket items include a question about the legality of the Northwest Texas Conference’s vote on constitutional amendments; a ruling regarding adjustments in the number of delegates to the denomination’s General Conference and a decision about pension rates for retired clergy in the California-Nevada Conference.

The nine-member Judicial Council will meet Wednesday through Saturday in Durham, North Carolina. Current members and alternates are listed in this post.

Members of the Council are elected by the United Methodist General Conference.

All 21 docket items for the fall 2009 session are listed below.

Automatic review of decisions by bishops
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster of the Western North Carolina Conference as to whether the “Choice Empowerment” apportionment paradigm adopted in 2004 and still in effect in the annual conference is in violation of ¶247.14.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop John R. Schol of the Baltimore-Washington Conference as to whether a resolution on human sexuality was properly before the conference in light of ¶161F.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton of the Detroit Conference regarding the Reconciling Ministries Network.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the California-Pacific Conference related to conference clergy benefit charge.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop John R. Schol of the Baltimore-Washington Conference regarding the authority of “adventure guides” who are not elders to conduct local church or charge conferences in light of ¶246.5.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the Texas Conference regarding retirement incentives utilizing pension reserve in light of ¶613.1.
  • Review of a decision of law of Bishop Jeremiah J. Park of the New York Conference related to a request for a decision on legality of a resolution supporting persons who dissent from the Discipline.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton of the West Michigan Conference regarding adoption of a master group program for insuring all churches in the conference.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. of the California-Nevada Annual Conference as to whether or not ¶1506.7 permits the annual conference to adopt a past-service annuity rate that remains the same from one year to the next.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop William W. Hutchinson of the Louisiana Conference as to whether ¶247.13 is violated by the practice of the setting of clergy compensation by the Charge Conference prior to knowing the exact amount of the annual health insurance program.
  • Review of a decision of law by Bishop Susan Hassinger of the Wyoming Conference related to provisions for voluntary retirement.
  • Review of decisions of law by Bishop Elaine J. Stanovsky of the Rocky Mountain Conference related to return to conference membership after resignation from the episcopacy.
  • Review of decisions of law by Bishop Elaine J. Stanovsky of the Yellowstone Conference regarding clergy withdrawal between sessions of annual conference.
  • Review of decision of Bishop D. Max Whitfield of the Northwest Texas Conference regarding the legality of the Annual Conference’s vote on constitutional amendments.
Requested decisions
  • Request for a declaratory decision from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference as to whether a retired elder in full connection can serve as chairperson of a local church committee on finance.
  • Request for a declaratory decision from the Commission on the General Conference on the meaning, effect and application of ¶13 of the Constitution as it relates to ¶502.3E in determining any restrictions on the degree of adjustment in number of delegates to be made by the secretary of the General Conference.
  • Request for a declaratory decision from the Minnesota Conference related to meaning, effect and application of Section II, Article IV.2 and Section VI, Article I of the Constitution as they apply to ¶316.6 and ¶327.2 and the prohibition of local pastors and provisional members voting on constitutional amendments.
  • Request for a declaratory decision from the Baltimore-Washington Conference on the meaning, effect and application of ¶354 and ¶355 in determining if the bishop, cabinet, conference relations committee or board of ordained ministry can put requirements on an individual who is granted voluntary leave of absence.
  • Request for a declaratory decision from the Virginia Conference as to the meaning, application and effect of ¶639, ¶1505 and ¶1506 with respect to sponsorship and administration of the Ministerial Pension Plan.
  • Request for a declaratory decision from the Wyoming Conference regarding the complaint process with reference to ¶361, ¶362 and ¶2701.2D.
  • Request from the Western North Carolina Conference to determine the legality of a clergy couple housing policy adopted by the Annual Conference.

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Related articles and information
Church court to address apportionments, sexuality | Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service (Oct. 23, 2009)
Apportionment payment choice on lengthy Judicial Council docket | Kathy Noble, Interpreter magazine (September/October 2009)
Rules of Practice and Procedure | The United Methodist Judicial Council (Revised October 2004)
Ruling of Law — 2009 (PDF) | Bishop John R. Schol, Baltimore-Washington Conference
Decision rendered on ‘Choice Empowerment’ | Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Western North Carolina Conference (July 22, 2009)
Bishop Huie submits Rule of Law decision to Judicial Council | Eleanor Colvin, Communications Director, Texas Annual Conference
Bishop’s Ruling of Law concerning ¶613.1 and the Texas Annual Conference Early Retirement Incentive Program (PDF—65 pages) | Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Texas Annual Conference (June 24, 2009)
A brief filed in response to Bishop Huie’s decision that a request for a ruling of law on the policy of offering retirement incentives using funds from the Texas Annual Conference’s Pension Reserve was ‘not germane to the business of the Annual Conference’ (PDF) | James W. Foster, Elder, Texas Annual Conference
Response to the brief of Rev. James W. Foster (PDF) | Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Texas Annual Conference (Aug. 20, 2009)

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Foundation for Evangelism, founded in 1949 by the featured speaker on this week’s MethodistThinker Podcast, Dr. Harry Denman.

Dr. Harry Denman

Dr. Harry Denman

As young man in the 1920s, Harry Denman showed exceptional gifts in evangelism and administration — both in his service at the First Methodist Church of Birmingham, Alabama, and as a lay leader in the North Alabama Conference.

When The Methodist Church was formed in 1939 (through the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Protestant Church, and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South), Harry Denman was elected to lead the new denomination’s evangelism program.

A decade later, he launched the Foundation for Evangelism as a means of supporting the evangelism ministries of The Methodist Church. (Today, the Foundation’s work includes supporting professors of evangelism at United Methodist-related institutions, sponsoring the biennial Harry Denman Lectures at the UM Congress on Evangelism, and honoring outstanding efforts in local church evangelism through presentation of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award.)

Dr. Denman retired from the Foundation in 1965 but continued his ministry of lay preaching and personal witness. Billy Graham once said that he “never knew a man who encouraged more people in the field of evangelism than Harry Denman.”

Harry Denman’s “body” died (that is how he always described physical death) in 1976. He was 83.

This podcast features a sermon by Harry Denman that probably was recorded in the late 1960s. Listen using the audio player below (17:30) — or download an mp3 file (8.3 MB; on a PC, right click and choose “save as”).

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Related posts
Dr. Billy Abraham on United Methodism: ‘There is no common faith among us’ | Harry Denman Lecture at the 2009 Congress on Evangelism
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Related information
About the Foundation for Evangelism | Foundation for Evangelism
‘I Delight to Do Thy Will, O My God’ | A sermon by Harry Denman (audio), recorded at Lake Junaluska, N.C. (early 1960s) (posted on the Foundation for Evangelism web site)
‘Living and Believing’ | A sermon by Harry Denman (audio), recorded at Lake Junaluska, N.C. (August 1965) (posted on the Foundation for Evangelism web site)
‘A Lonely Place for Prayer’ | A sermon by Harry Denman (audio), recorded at Lake Junaluska, N.C. (August 1965) (posted on the Foundation for Evangelism web site)
Prophetic evangelist: Harry Denman | Ronnie G. Collins, ImageBearer’s Weblog (May 27, 2009)

Books about Harry Denman
Libraries that have Harry Denman: A Biography by Harold Rogers (Upper Room, 1977) | Where to buy a used copy
Libraries that have Prophetic Evangelist: The Living Legacy of Harry Denman (Upper Room, 1993) | Where to buy a used copy

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As United Methodists await the official outcome of annual-conference voting on 32 proposed amendments to the UM Constitution, the apparent victory of Amendment XIX (19) has received relatively little attention. Instead, the focus has been on the now all-but-certain defeat of Amendment I (which would have altered membership requirements) and the poor showing of the controversial restructuring amendments (which would have separated the denomination into “regional” conferences).

Dr. Riley B. Case

Dr. Riley B. Case

But annual-conference approval of Amendment XIX is significant. Passage of the the amendment would mean that “local pastors” who meet certain educational and appointment requirements will be allowed to vote for delegates to future General Conferences, perhaps shaping the ultimate legislative outcomes of those Conferences.

In an Oct. 14 column released by the Confessing Movement Within the United Methodist Church, Methodist historian Riley B. Case (who is also a retired district superintendent and pastor), wrote that passage of the amendment is likely to result in a stronger evangelical presence among General Conference delegates.

[The success of Amendment XIX is a] positive development for those in the evangelical renewal movements. When the Good News movement was founded in 1967, one of its very first causes was that of full voting rights for local pastors….

[For decades,] Good News’s petitions to the General Conference that called for [such] voting rights…were overwhelmingly defeated.

But at the 2008 General Conference, Amendment XIX passed overwhelmingly — and judging from results already released by many annual conferences, it appears that final passage of the amendment is assured. Current totals show Amendment XIX garnering 78% of the vote, well in excess of the 67% required for a constitutional change.

In his column, Dr. Case noted that the history of “local pastors” (or their equivalent) goes back to the earliest days of the Methodist movement.

Ever since the days of Wesley’s lay preachers, ministers with less than full ordination have done a herculean task in the church. They have ministered to people that full elders were unwilling or unable to minister to, and filled spots that full elders were unable or unwilling to fill.

And before the days when unrealistic educational expectations and institutional obfuscating requirements made the process to full ordination so difficult, they moved easily into full membership in the conferences.

But many in the church were unhappy with the idea of local pastors.

A few years ago, for example, the North Illinois Conference insisted that only full elders were to receive appointments. They sent elders into rural areas, or difficult city areas, where they did not want to be, and subsidized their salaries. The results were disastrous in a number of situations. Neither the churches nor the pastors were satisfied. Highly trained and institutionally-minded individuals and churches with different pastoral expectations do not always make the best fit.

But now by necessity, if not by design, the church, at least in many areas, is relying more and more on local pastors. From 1970 to 2003 the number of full-time local pastors has doubled, from 1,220 to 2,563. The number of part-time local pastors has increased from 2,706 to 3,976. Presently 24% of all appointments in the U.S. are filled by local pastors….

It is not insignificant that areas and conferences where the church is growing, or at least maintaining its strength, are the conferences most accepting of local pastors.

One-fourth of all pastors in the Southeast[ern] and South Central Jurisdictions are local pastors. On the other hand, in the Western Jurisdiction only 14% of the ministers are local pastors. 39% of the pastors in West Virginia and 38% of the pastors in Louisiana are local pastors. Conversely, Alaska has only 7% local pastors, New York 8%, Pacific Northwest 8% and Minnesota 10%. These are not known as the areas where United Methodism is thriving.

Dr. Case concluded his column noting that, with the passage of Amendment XIX, “2,563 more persons, many of them evangelical in theology…will be voting for General Conference delegates.”

evangelical-and-methodistRiley B. Case is a retired clergy member of the Indiana Conference, associate executive director of the Confessing Movement, and a member of the Good News board of directors. He also serves as president of the board of the Kokomo (Ind.) Rescue Mission.

Dr. Case’s books include Evangelical and Methodist: A Popular History (Abingdon) and Understanding Our New United Methodist Hymnal (Wipf and Stock).

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Ed Tomlinson: Proposed amendments would ‘decimate connectionalism’
Maxie Dunnam, Eddie Fox release videos on proposed amendments
African UM leader on amendments: ‘We should have been consulted’
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Related articles and information
Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Evangelical and Methodist: A Popular History: “Methodism’s Populist Wing, Part I” (via ChristianBook.com — includes the book’s table of contents) | Riley B. Case
Excerpt from Chapter 7 of Evangelical and Methodist: A Popular History: “Vital Piety and the Mind” (PDF) | Riley B. Case, Good News (September/October 2004)
Full text of all 32 amendments, showing how each would alter the current language of the United Methodist Book of Discipline — material stricken through would be deleted; material in bold/blue would be added (PDF)
Amendment would give voting rights to local pastors | Vicki Brown, United Methodist News Service (May 14, 2008)
No room at the table: A case for Local Pastor rights | John Montgomery, Good News (March/April 2008)
Worldwide decision: United Methodists to vote on amending constitution | Bill Fentum, UM Reporter (April 10, 2009)
Which way to a Worldwide Church? (PDF) | Andrew Thompson, Gen-X Rising blog (May 31, 2009)
Amending away our global church? | Riley B. Case, Good News (March/April 2009)
Constitutional Amendments | John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries blog (May 21, 2009)
The worldwide Methodist movement | Eddie Fox, Interpreter Magazine (Web-only article—March 31, 2009)
Conferences to consider church structure | Linda Green, United Methodist News Service (March 10, 2009)
Amendment I (without the baggage) (PDF) | Andrew Thompson, Gen-X Rising blog (May 18, 2009)
Constitutional Amendments 2009 | William J. Abraham, Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University)

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At the 11th annual Leadership Institute, held last week at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, host pastor Adam Hamilton urged pastors and lay preachers to focus on improving the quality of their preaching. “We are in desperate need today of excellent preaching,” he said during the conference’s Oct. 9 morning session.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton

The Rev. Adam Hamilton

Hamilton, who founded the now-megachurch 19 years ago with only a handful of people, noted that the Methodist movement began and prospered as “a movement of preachers.”

“[People] went to the Anglican church for the sacraments on Sunday. But if [they] wanted preaching, [they] went to the Methodist ‘preaching house,'” he said. “And we had lay people and clergy — mostly lay people — who were trained to preach the gospel.”

Hamilton buttressed his point about Methodist preaching by quoting 19th-century Presbyterian revivalist, Charles Finney. Finney decried much of the preaching of his time, but had great admiration for preaching by Methodists.

It is evident that we must have more exciting preaching, to meet the character and wants of the age…. The character of the age is changed, and [most preachers] have not conformed to it, but retain the same stiff, dry, prosing style of preaching that answered half a century ago.

[But l]ook at the Methodists. Many of their ministers are unlearned, in the common sense of the term, many of them taken right from the shop or the farm, and yet they have gathered congregations, and pushed their way, and won souls everywhere. Wherever the Methodists have gone, their plain, pointed and simple, but warm and animated mode of preaching has always gathered congregations….

We must have exciting, powerful preaching, or the devil will have the people, except what the Methodists can save.

(From Finney’s 1835 Lectures on Revival of Religion,
Lecture XIV, “Methods to Promote Revivals.”)

In the past, Methodist preachers were known for “connect[ing] the gospel with daily life,” Hamilton noted. Their preaching was filled with passion, but not at the expense of intellect. “It was well-informed preaching but preaching that stirred the heart.”

leadership-institute09That same approach can work today — and it connects especially well with young adults, Hamilton said.

He mentioned an informal Facebook-based survey in which respondents ages 16-to-35 listed “preaching” as the number one reason they attend Church of the Resurrection.

“Preaching is something that can touch them and connect with them — if the preaching is thoughtful, if it’s helpful, if it’s inspiring.”

Adam Hamilton reminded his audience that the ability to excel in preaching isn’t something people are born with, but “we can learn,” he said. Hamilton called on pastors and lay preachers to work on improving their preaching by devoting sufficient time to learning, study, reflection, and prayer.

“The enemy of great preaching is busyness — when we don’t have enough time to devote to preparing a meal that’s satisfying to people,” he said. “And sometimes [the problem is that we’re not] clear what that meal might look like.”

Hamilton then laid out five goals for every sermon. “If you do these five things, the chances of somebody wanting to some back next week, the chances of somebody wanting to invite a friend, go up exponentially.”

He said an effective sermon will:

  • Inform — teach at least one thing people didn’t know before;
  • Inspire and motivate — use illustrations that move people;
  • Invite — ask for a response;
  • Be practical and relevant — relate to daily life;
  • Be biblical — reinforce that the text, not the preacher, is the authority.

Adam Hamilton again reminded his hearers that an effective sermon must be “passionate.” He quoted a ministry colleague who said, “People come to see our convictions. They come to see what we really, really believe.”

Use the audio players below to listen to excerpts from Adam Hamilton’s teaching on preaching and worship at the 2009 Leadership Institute.

Excerpt 1: ‘We are in desperate need of excellent preaching’ (5 min.)

Excerpt 2: ‘Five goals for every sermon’ (12 min.)

The annual Church of the Resurrection (COR) Leadership Institute, launched in 1999, is designed to teach “practical, translatable principles” that have helped COR grow from four people in 1990 to 16,000 today.

DVDs of this year’s general sessions are available through The Well, the Church of the Resurrection bookstore.

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Astonishing preaching

Related articles and information
The church offers ‘what’s desperately needed’: A conversation with Adam Hamilton (video) | Faith & Leadership (Duke Divinity School) (March 31, 2009)
Institute gives UM churches renewed hope | Robin Russell, UM Reporter (Aug. 22, 2008)
How to grow a church: Kansas pastor offers tips at Methodist gathering | David Yonke, The (Toledo) Blade (via Google Newspapers) (June 16, 2007)
Fewer whiffs: Too many sermons are ‘swing-and-a-miss’ strike outs | Adam Hamilton, Leadership Journal (Fall 2007)
4-H sermons: Connecting with your audience | Adam Hamilton, Leadership Journal (Summer 2007)
Reaching the unchurched | Adam Hamilton, Leadership Journal (Spring 2007)
‘Should we fret the back door?’ Why the departure of church members hurts me so | Adam Hamilton, Leadership Journal (Spring 2006)
Opening closed minds | Adam Hamilton, Leadership Journal (Spring 2004)
Large Leawood church getting even bigger | KMBC-TV (March 31, 2004)
Adam Hamilton and his bright vision for United Methodism | Kathleen K. Rutledge, Good News (July/August 2003)
Christmas Eve at Adam’s house: Adam Hamilton’s Church of the Resurrection enjoys the fruit of the season | Kendrick Blackwood, The Pitch (Dec. 19, 2002)
Purpose, passion drive church growth, pastor says | Michael Wacht, United Methodist News Service (Feb. 26, 2002)
Everyone gets ‘mugged’ at booming Kansas City church | John A. Lovelace, United Methodist News Service (April 20, 2000)

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This week’s MethodistThinker Podcast features a presentation by Dr. James V. Heidinger II, recently retired as the president and publisher of Good News, United Methodism’s flagship renewal ministry.

Dr. James V. Heidinger

Dr. James V. Heidinger II

Born into a political family in Illinois (his grandfather was a three-term U.S. Congressman and his father a state officeholder), Jim Heidinger decided his calling was in Christian ministry. He attended Asbury College and Asbury Seminary in Kentucky, and then earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

For 12 years, he served churches in the East Ohio Annual Conference, then was named the leader of Good News in 1981.

In that role, Dr. Heidinger held forth for nearly three decades as a calm and steady voice for United Methodist renewal, through his writings (in Good News magazine and in book form), speaking engagements, and as a media spokesman for evangelical concerns in the UMC.

Jim Heidinger retired from Good News on July 1, 2009, after 28 years of service.

This podcast features a presentation by Dr. James Heidinger recorded earlier this year at a gathering of the Arkansas Conference Confessing Movement. Listen using the audio player below (23 min.) — or download an mp3 file (10.7 MB; on a PC, right click and choose “save as”).

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A salute to James Heidinger of Good News

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Methodism’s SILENT minority | Charles W. Keysor (July 1966)
Much has changed since Jim Heidinger became a leader of UM evangelicals | Terry Mattingly, Scripps Howard News Service (July 9, 2009)
Reflections on passing the torch (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (May/June 2009)
Heidinger reflects on Good News leadership | Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service (April 2, 2009)
Good News announces new leadership upon Heidinger retirement | Good News (March 12, 2009)
United Methodism in crisis: Scriptural renewal through the Good News Movement | Chapter 4 of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton (University of Chicago Press, 2008 — via Google Books)
An address to the Faithful and Welcoming Churches national meeting (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II (July 2008)
40 years of vision for United Methodist reformation and renewal (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (November/December 2007)
Lessons from United Methodist Renewal (PDF—see pp. 4-8) | An address by James V. Heidinger II to the Presbyterian Coalition Gathering (November 2005)
An interview with the Rev. Dr. James V. Heidinger II | Katherine T. Phan, The Christian Post (Nov. 6, 2004)
Turning the Mainline around | Michael S. Hamilton and Jennifer McKinney, Christianity Today (Aug. 1, 2003)
Good News board honors Heidinger | Tim Tanton, United Methodist News Service (Feb. 13, 2003)
Coalition speaker Heidinger describes renewal ‘phenomenon’ | Evan Silverstein, PCUSA News (May 27, 2003)
Good News’ response to Cal/Nevada’s dismissal of complaints against 68 clergy involved in same-sex covenant | James V. Heidinger II on behalf of the Good News Board of Directors (Feb. 14, 2000)
Good News board urges bishops to preserve unity of church | United Methodist News Service (Feb. 2, 1999)
Good News celebration emphasizes revival and renewal | United Methodist News Service (July 1, 1997)
‘Good News’ says push to accept homosexual practice threatens to split United Methodist Church | United Methodist News Service (May 6, 1997)
Evangelical leaders from mainline denominations form new association; Heidinger named chairman | United Methodist News Service (Oct. 24, 1996)
‘Re-Imagining’ rejects historic Christianity | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (January/February 1994)
Mainline conservatives protest women’s ‘Re-Imagining’ conference | Carlton Elliott Smith, Religious News Service (Jan. 15, 1994—reprinted in the Feb. 16, 1994 issue of The Christian Century)
‘Durham Declaration’ asks for ‘Scriptural approach’ to abortion | United Methodist News Service (March 12, 1991)

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