The Demise of the World’s Greatest Mission Agency by Mark Tooley

The Demise of the World’s Greatest Mission Agency

Mark Tooley on Mainline Decay

Just over ten years ago, fresh out of college, I became missions chairman at my small United Methodist congregation in northern Virginia. I was curious about my denomination’s missions outlook, so I ordered a copy of our missions board’s budget and began reading the board’s publications. My distress over what I discovered about United Methodist missions propelled me into a decade of renewal work within United Methodism (a calling to which I am now devoted full-time at the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C.).

The United Methodist Church was once the nation’s, a . . .