It has been a few hours since the General Council voted on approving the Traditional Plan and an Exit Plan for local churches who wish to leave the United Methodist denomination. The question for the local church now is whether it should consider leaving the denomination at this point in time.
It is not clear what parts of the Traditional Plan are constitutional or not. That leaves us with the Exit Plan, which provides as follows:
Disaffiliation – Taylor – NEW Par. 2553 (90066-TC-¶2500-G)
Amend, effective as of the close of the 2019 General Conference, Chapter Six, Church Property, by adding a new Section VIII. Disaffiliation of Local Churches Over Issues Related to Human Sexuality, then by adding a new ¶ 2553 as follows:
Free Guide: Leaving the Methodist Church
We developed this free guide to answer many of your questions about leaving the United Methodist Church. Let the attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC help you lead your congregation to a new beginning.
Creates a consistent process for local churches who desire to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church over disagreements related to human sexuality to receive their property while reducing the impact on the annual conference by paying their portion of conference pension liabilities, and other financial considerations.
If you have questions about how to leave the denomination, please contact attorney Daniel Dalton. Dan and his Dalton & Tomich, PLC partners specialize in helping local churches become independent, free to lead in their communities. We developed a guide to answer many of your questions about leaving the United Methodist Church. Let one of the professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC help walk you through this process.
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