Is Jorge Acevedo Richard Gere?

Jeremy Smith is starting a series of blog posts about what he sees as a dystopian future of the United Methodist Church if the practices of the biggest and most influential congregations take hold.

Never one to shy away from an in-your-face headline, Smith calls his first category vulture churches.

Read the first post here.

To get the Richard Gere reference in the headline, you need to read the post.

I’ll be interested to see how Smith engages with the pros and cons of the church growth models he describes.


8 thoughts on “Is Jorge Acevedo Richard Gere?

  1. While I appreciate critical thinking, I am a bit confused as to why you singled out Jorge in the title, yet I found no mention of him in any of the posts. Do you think that was fair to him? How has Jorge, who is on sabbatical, responded?

    1. In fairness to John, I do reference Grace Florida, which is Jorge Acevedo’s church. And I’m sure Acevedo has better things to do than read blogs.

    2. Do you think he’d be offended at being compared to Richard Gere?

      My hope in this post is to direct people over to Jeremy’s blog where they can engage him with questions and conversation.

  2. You assume Jeremy’s account and sources are true but Jeremy has an agenda that drives his reporting and thinking. It’s public
    Jeremy’s Manifesto it is called.
    Jorge Acedvedo might not fit the agenda from what I have read of his ministry.

      1. John”you” on a public forum is not necessarily you the person.
        The term “you” is used in a generic sense not directed at any one person.
        Just as blogs are not directed toward any one person replies must be taken in the same light unless otherwise noted.

      1. I proudly voted for President Obama four times (primaries and generals). I believe in equal treatment in civil society. But, your agenda really seems to be

        After all, here are your true thoughts on the subject: “I don’t think it is a threat. I do think that there are difficulties with some approaches that need to be self-corrected.”

        We don’t even know if the story of “Big Shiny Church” ever actually happened or happened as you related it. Elijah/Elisha (old church ending to start anew) is one of the approaches that Path One considers as a “new church start.” If we are connectional and denominational, then the annual conference is going to have the right to close a church even without the consent of the congregation. I tried to add some rules to that at General Conference to prevent another First Tampa situation, but as with so much else obstruction by a petulant minority prevented many decisions from moving forward.

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