church business

I never ever forget that churches are really a business

Since I do not read newspapers, a little birdie passed this on to me:

This tiny newspaper reported that a once Methodist Church is dropping their denomination.

They are now independent.

Why?

And I quote:

The congregation was having feelings different from the denomination for about five years…

On the other side, The United Methodist Church makes this cryptic confirmation of a “problem”:

Substitute motion to resolution passed authorizing the conference trustees to “negotiate the best possible outcome” with fast-growing Wesley United Methodist Church in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, which recently decided to leave the denomination, but also demanded a more accountable process in the event another congregation decides to leave the denomination. That process would require dialogue between the bishop, district superintendent and church members to clarify the implications of their withdrawal, and it would require authorization of any negotiations be given by the annual conference and by a vote of the congregation at a church conference.

Source: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/2015-eastern-pennsylvania-conference

The most interesting aspect of this conflict is this revelation:

With the separation, Wesley retained both the little red chapel that is located at the intersection of Kirkwood Pike and Wesley Road and its new facility at 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. The church also retained its construction debt of $3.8 million. In addition, Wesley had to pay $100,000 to the denomination. Deibler pointed out that Wesley’s responsibility to the denomination would have been $58,000 a year for the next two years, so the congregation will actually realize some cost savings. Membership in EARCCC is $900 annually.

Wow.

It costs this church $58,000.00 a year to use the denomination’s logo and name.

It reminds me of McDonald’s.

Note to self: never forget church is a business.

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