New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Mainline or Methodist?

Rediscovering Our Evangelistic Mission

Scott Kisker • September 2008

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Where do we go from here?

The dynamic history and identity of the United Methodist Church is lost among the pluralistic landscape in America today.

As a living organism, the church can expect to evolve with the culture that surrounds it. The problem, according to lifelong member and author Scott Kisker, is that the United Methodist Church seems to have lost its missional foundation as it climbed to mainline American Protestant church status.

Trying to be both mainline and Methodist is a deadly combination. In fact, it's a leading cause for the denomination's spiritual and numerical decline, Kisker asserts.

"Real Methodism declined because we replaced those peculiarities that made us Methodist with a bland, acceptable, almost civil religion, barely distinguishable from other traditions," writes Kisker. "Like the Israelites under the judges, we wanted to be like other nations. We no longer wanted to be an odd, somewhat disreputable people. And we have begun to reap the consequences."

So…where do we go from here?

In his passionate yet critical review, Kisker says we must reclaim the rich roots of salvation, disciple-making, and witness that made the tradition so strong. In Mainline or Methodist? he reveals what's not working and unveils a vision for renewal that embodies the distinctive Wesleyan tradition of the apostolic and universal Christian faith.

Categories: Clergy & Laity
Scott Kisker lives in the Washington, DC area where he is Associate Professor and the James C. Logan Chair of Evangelism and Wesley Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. A graduate of Swarthmore College (BA, 1989) and Duke University (MDiv, 1993), Kisker earned his PhD at Drew University in 2003. He was associate pastor of the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany and also served as director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, England. He is married and has five children.

ISBN: 978-0-88177-541-9

Imprint: Discipleship Resources

Pub Date: September 2008

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Church / General

BISAC1: REL108000

BISAC2: REL044000