GC2019 Petitions Propose Exit Plans

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Without a protocol for churches to depart with their assets we will end up in endless court battles like the Episcopal Church. We definitely do not want to follow that pattern. It was reckless of the bishops to tell the commission not to consider exits. Fortunately we have those among us with the foresight to put these before GC 2019.

Kevin 22 days ago

No.

If we allow gracious exits, we are done. We should just go full congregational and everybody gets to hire their own pastor. Freeze the pensions. Full stop.

I fully support annual conferences deciding to leave due to this issue. I support us breaking up General Conference so that this statement "General Conference is the only entity that can decide church law" is no longer true. No gracious exits is a hill worth dying on.

Anonymous 22 days ago

The fly in the ointment of what you propose

"Going congregational" will not guarantee the survival of the United Methodist Church. To date, no American Mainline Protestant denomination has been able to navigate the sexuality debate without a split, including those that had a congregational structure. The reason this has happened each and every time is because the problem that has produced the impasse on sexuality is a theological one, not a structural one. We are not of one mind on anything; we have no core of beliefs that everybody buys into. Everybody references God, Jesus, the Bible and John Wesley but come to very different conclusions about God, the church/Church and ourselves. The UMC has become a theological free for all and that is what is tearing it apart. We cannot understand each other because we are each operating from very different understandings about God, the church/Church and ourselves.

betsy 20 days ago


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