Issues Researching

Issues that the Discernment Team is currently researching

  • Possible changes in the UMC Book of Discipline regarding the issue of homosexuality, such as how to handle same-sex marriages on church property or by an ordained minister and ordination of practicing homosexuals.

  • Appointment of lifetime Bishops. Guaranteed appointments for ordained ministers.

  • Trust clause regarding church property and assets including endowments.

  • Financial consequences of disaffiliation.

  • Pros and cons of joining the Global Methodist Church.

  • The future financial health of the UMC if continues on the current path of administrative costs and increasing apportionments.

  • Why are the traditionalists leaving the UMC instead of the progressives?