Could Diverse and Especially Female Clergy Be What Is Killing the UMC?

A third reason the UMC is dying may be because of a thorny issue we don’t want to acknowledge: the decision to be more inclusive with ordination and especially bring female clergy to positions of highest leadership.  After a one-year stint as a professional Mystery Worshiper, I would say that the LDS (Mormon) web presence is [Read More…]

After an LDS Visit, I Wonder if Female Clergy are the Problem

A third reason the UMC is dying may be something we don’t want to acknowledge: the decision to ordain women and bring female clergy to positions of highest leadership.  As a professional Mystery Worshiper, I would say that the LDS web presence is possibly the least visitor-friendly site I’ve seen. The services are lackluster, noisy and [Read More…]

Mystery Worship: Lackluster, Noisy, Unprofessional–and Highly Successful

[Note: this article is slated to run in the March 13, 2015 edition of the Denton Record Chronicle. An analysis of this mystery worship and the LDS environment may be found here.] It may have been the first Sunday in daylight savings time, but that didn’t keep people from filling the worship space at the [Read More…]

Denton Mystery Worship Fourteen: They Changed the Service Times!

OK, churches: here’s the rule: If you are going to change normal worship times for any reason, make it clear on your website that you are doing so. Or better, don’t change them. Not if you want to welcome the stranger in into your place of worship. Twice now in this worship adventure, I have [Read More…]

Did the Rapture Take Place? LDS Visitors Non-Welcome

Now, my intrepid companion and I on these church visits had spent quite a bit of time on the LDS website trying to figure out where and when to visit. Too bad all the info was nearly completely inaccessible to the non-Mormon. “Oh my goodness, the Rapture took place and we’ve been left behind!” That [Read More…]