On arising the morning, the thesis below had crystallized in my mind.
I do not claim this to be complete, accurate, fair or anything of the like.
I do think it is provocative, and so maybe fruitful for conversation that might lead to better action and better understanding.
So here is the thesis:
Early Methodism and its structures were about saving souls and making them holy.
Current United Methodism and its structures are about saving congregations and making them larger.
Have at it!
Peace in Christ,