Traditional Plan

Support for The Traditional Plan is absent from most reports regarding talks about the UMC's future. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

Retired Bishop William Boyd Grove outlines why he doesn't support the Traditional Plan adopted by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

General Conference 2019 3 Comments

Noted Christian ethicist and former seminary professor Dr. J. Philip Wogaman refutes arguments used to defend the Traditional Plan. Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments


Konstantin Postumitenko

The Traditional Plan isn't "traditional" because it fails to express grace, a key tenet of John Wesley's theology, writes the Rev. Jack Amick. Read more

Perspectives 5 Comments

UPDATED: More congregations, clergy and individuals are publicly rejecting the Traditional Plan and vowing support for LGBTQIA people. Read more


Bishop William B. Lewis

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Retired Bishop William B. Lewis says if he were still in a pulpit, he'd defy the restrictions of the Tradition Plan adopted by the 2019 General Conference. Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

The Rev. David Livingston tells some of what happened in political maneuvering at the recent 2019 General Conference. Read more


The Traditional Plan heads for a vote by the entire General Conference plenary vote on Tuesday, along with two exit plans. However, the One Church Plan was voted down by a margin of about 50 votes. Read more


Pensions, exit plans and the Traditional Plan topped delegates choices for priority legislation, but proponents of the One Church Plan cautioned that they haven't given up. Read more

The Rev. Jeremy Smith unpacks efforts to globalize enforcement of the Discipline through the Traditional(ist) Plan. Read more


Seen from a political perspective, the Traditional(ist) Plan looks a lot like realigning the UMC to gain overwhelming voting power at General Conference, says the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

A Way Forward 3 Comments

Backers are fine-tuning the Traditional, Modified Traditional and One Church plans to bring them in line with last year's constitutional rulings by the Judicial Council. Read more

A Way Forward 7 Comments

The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota, an African United Methodist clergyman, contends that true motivation for a schism is U.S. church leaders' fear of losing their political clout to leaders from Africa, where the UMC is growing. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

Vice president of Good News and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leadership council, Lambrecht gives his perspectives into the Traditional Plan and Modified Traditional Plans. Read more

A Way Forward 6 Comments