Monday, April 29, 2013

United Methodists in China

United Methodist bishops and agency executives of the General Board of Global Ministries just concluded an eight-day tour of China, meeting with Christians there.  While some of China's Christian communities have Methodist roots, Christianity there has become, for the most part, "post-denominational," as Thomas Kemper called it.  What does it mean therefore for The UMC to be in ministry in China?  Is China a possible place for United Methodists to be in ministry around the world without extending our church structure around the world?  Or will United Methodist work inevitably lead to United Methodist affiliation, at least among some?  Comment below to share your ideas.

1 comment:

  1. I'll make a longer note below - but the short answer is that the UM church SHOULD be able to work in China without insisting that its brand be active there. But I doubt that it will.