Today, the Council of Bishops released a press report and published a proposed separation plan for the United Methodist Church. The proposal, attached here and endorsed by several key leaders on three sides of the table, provides the following:
The proposed plan will need to be approved by the Judicial Council at the April 2020 meeting and need to be approved by the General Conference in May 2020.
The gap in the plan is that local churches who wish to leave the United Methodist denomination but do not wish to align themselves with the traditional or the newly progressive United Methodist Church do not have an exit plan. If a local Church is progressive, for example, but wants to leave the denomination and become independent the plan does not apply. The plan puts the onus on local churches to make a decision on leaving – thereby inviting conflict within a local church body. It also puts the local pastor in a position of being a leader in a Church where the local body does not agree with the pastor’s beliefs.
The professionals at Dalton & Tomich PLC has helped many local churches throughout the United States navigate themselves out of the United Methodist denomination – as well as the Episcopal and Presbyterian USA denominations – by evaluating the existing condition of the local church in light of the needs of the congregation. If you have questions about this proposal, and would like to evaluate the proposal in light of your local church’s theological stance, please contact Daniel Dalton to discuss this in greater detail.
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