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The Way Forward Plans

A Side-by-Side Comparison

One Church Plan

Allows United Methodists to make their own decision regarding ministry with or by LGBTQ persons and removes restrictive language from the Book of Discipline.1) Conferences, churches, and pastors are able to “uniquely reach their missional context in relation to human sexuality without changing the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church.”2) United Methodists in central conferences in Africa, Asia, and Europe retain the authority to adapt the Book of Discipline and continue to include their traditional language and values.

3) Protects the rights of United Methodists whose theological convictions will not allow them to perform same-sex weddings or ordain LGBTQ people.

Traditionalist Model

Affirms the current language about homosexuality in the Book of Discipline and seeks to strengthen enforcement for violations of church law.

1) No change to the Book of Discipline language regarding homosexuality.

2) Violations of church law

3) Ordinands must state their sexual preference

4) Practicing LGBTQi persons are not eligible for ordination

Connectional-Conference Plan

Creates three connectional worldwide conferences based on theology or perspective, each having clearly defined values (accountability, contextualization, and justice) replacing the five existing U.S. jurisdictions.

1) Adaptations to the Book of Discipline would be allowed by each connectional conference.

2) Annual conferences would determine their affiliation with a connectional conference.

3) Local churches who choose a branch other than the one chosen by their annual conference could vote to join another conference.

4) Requires multiple amendments to the denomination’s constitution.

News Feeds

UMC Bishops amend call for 2019 Special Session of General Conference

The Council of Bishops (COB) has amended its call for the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in response to Judicial Council Decision 1360, which was handed down on May 25, 2018.

Our Delegates

Rev. Dan Hurlbert

Rev. Dan Hurlbert

First Elect Clergy Delegate

Jim Nibbelink

Jim Nibbelink

First Elect Lay Delegate

Rev. Anthony Tang

Rev. Anthony Tang

First Reserve Clergy Delegate

Billie Fidlin

Billie Fidlin

First Reserve Lay Delegate

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