United Methodist Leaders Do not Want To Change

We just got thtrough with an collossal waste of time. United Methodists call it General Conference. This General Conference, at the cost of $1,500.00 per minute, was held in Tampa Florida. Since the 1970s, our denomination has lost over 3,000,000 members. We had hopes that elected delegates of our General Conference would vote necessary changes to reverse the precipitous decline but how could we be so naive? The voting members of General Conference are people who have been richly rewarded in prestige and recognition from the United Methodist structures as they currently exist. What motivations did our elected delegates have to change? How could we adopt the "Call to Action" limiting, reducing, or even eliminating antiquated boards and agencies of the General church when the most powerful board members come from the ranks of those elected as representatives to General Conference? With only a few exceptions, these elected delegates have incentive to keep things the way they are and continue their world of rich rewards. Our book "10 Temptations of Church; Why Churches Decline and What to Do About It" suggests that some local church leaders receive a pay off of power, intimacy, and influence in a declining local church. Perhaps the denomination's leaders receive similar incentives as our denomination continues to decline. Reversing this decline will demand that all church leaders put aside their personal preferences and live out God's purpose. The human fraility of our condition makes this extremely difficult because of existing incentives for decline.