The United Methodist Church is at a crossroads. Some of us believe our differences are so great that it’s time to part ways. Others believe we must do all we can to remain united. Are We Really Better Together? suggests that our disparity of views is deeper than the issues of sexuality and marriage. Authors Rob Renfroe and Walter Fenton take the stance that United Methodists need to make an honest admission that we are not together as a church if we are not together on issues as central as who Jesus is, the way we are saved, and the authority for determining the truth about God and his will. Their book is a thorough explanation of how they formulated their position and why they believe we should move forward with the creation of a plan that allows for a fair and amicable freeing of both sides to pursue what they believe God is calling them to do.
From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church.
"The United Methodist Church is at a crossroads. We are a divided church and the truth is we are a hurting church. Some of us believe that our differences are so great and the ongoing battle so destructive that it’s time to part ways. For over four decades conservative and progressive United Methodists have expended enormous emotional, financial and spiritual resources to gain the upper hand in a denomination that has declined every year since its founding in 1968. Surely our efforts and our finances would be better devoted to evangelism, discipleship and missions. For the sake of the lost and the poor, shouldn’t we set each other free to pursue what we believe to be God’s calling upon our lives and our ministries?" — From the Introduction