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Who, what, where and 4 commitments

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FOUR COMMITMENTS OF UMCNEXT

We believe these commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:

We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.

We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.

We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.

Join us in the UMCNext commitments!

UMCNext participants stand firmly on this promise: “God, by His mighty power at work within us, is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of – infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.” Ephesians 3:20

If you, your friends and family, your church or ministry setting, or team would like to join us in pursuing the UMCNext commitments.

Connect to the Team

Send us a question or register for our next town hall webinar to find out what happened on June 5th at 10:30 am.

Join The Movement

United Methodists everywhere are partnering and collaborating in this time of change for emerging movements. Register your interest, add an idea, share your movement! We want to partner together for change.

Meet the team!

  • N. Susan Brims, Central East District Superintendent
  • Paul Cho, pastor, First UMC of Tucson
  • David Devereaux, pastor, Desert Spring UMC, Las Vegas
  • Robert T. Hosibata, bishop, Desert Southwest Conference
  • Dan Hurlbert, pastor, Prescott UMC
  • David McPherson, Director of New Faith and Vital Faith
  • Julie O’Neal, Dayspring UMC, Tempe
  • Sharon Ragland, pastor, St. Mark’s UMC, Tucson
  • Beth Rambikur, Director of Connectional Ministries
  • Kimberly Scott, pastor, Crossroads UMC, Phoenix
  • Khalif Smith, pastor, Trinity UMC, Las Vegas

What happened in Leawood Kansas at UMC Next event?

This conversation was held at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection May 20-22, 2019 (beginning early afternoon on Monday, May 20, and concluding before lunch on Wednesday, May 22). Invitations went out to invite ten persons from each of the 54 US annual conferences to participate, along with the active US bishops who were able to join, as well as the general secretaries of the church.

Participants joined in round table discussions with a diverse group of other denominational leaders, both laity and clergy, praying, discussing, and discerning the answer to the question, “What is next for the UMC?”  Each participant is expected to return to their annual conference to help organize conversations and action in support of those who reject the Traditional Plan.

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