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The Pastor’s Pen

Dear Church Family,

More and more people have been asking me what’s going on at the denominational level of the United Methodist Church, and these questions have increased over the last several weeks. It will be difficult to convey everything in this short article, but here are some bullet points:

*General Conference has been postponed again until August 29-September 6, 2022. Know that the General Conference is the only body that can speak officially for the United Methodist    Church.

*The Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation is legislation that is to be presented to the General Conference. This plan was negotiated by a very diverse group of United Methodists, including progressives, centrists, and traditionalists. If the Protocol is to pass, a new traditional Methodist denomination will be formed, thus freeing the UMC to liberalize its teachings on biblical authority and human sexuality.

*The name of the new traditional denomination has been released. It will be known as the Global Methodist Church.

*As a congregation, we are in a time of waiting and prayer. If the Protocol is to pass, each Annual Conference and local congregation will be able to choose where it wishes to align.

I know our denominational situation brings many questions and concerns, so I would like to encourage you to attend a Zoom event with the Rev. Carolyn Moore, a United Methodist Pastor from the North Georgia Conference. Rev. Moore will be bringing United Methodists in Mississippi information about both the situation in the UMC as well as the new expression of Methodism that will be forming. The meeting number for the Zoom event is 84712127607, and the event will take place Monday, July 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Know that as your pastor, I’m committed to be in a spirit of prayer during this difficult season in the life of our denomination. While we don’t control things that happen at the denominational level, we do have the responsibility of remaining a vibrant and life-giving congregation that seeks to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions with which I can be helpful, please don’t hesitate to call me at (662) 266-7778. Also know this: you are loved and appreciated!