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…]