Retired Bishop Michael Coyner, from Indiana, has written a 10 point article titles ‘Before we seek ‘A Way Forward’…We should remember how we got here’. Here is a link to the complete article.
This article briefly covers Bishop Coyner’s reasons for growth trends, splits & unity, moving from mobile clerics to settled privileged educators, and a lack of clear mission.
His item #10, We have allowed, and some leaders (including some bishops) have encouraged, loyalties to various constituencies and caucus groups to supersede loyalty to the UMC and faithfulness to Christ, is the most telling of all the points. No organization will survive without clear and focused leadership, and the United Methodist Church has no clear focused leadership.