What's Next for The United Methodist Church?
This is a challenging time for The United Methodist Church. There is much to be determined about the future of the denomination after the General Conference 2019 vote around human sexuality. Below, you will find links to articles, events and resources to keep you involved and informed in the days and months ahead.
- Answers to Questions Posed by MN Conference Clergy When Debriefing General Conference 2019 During the Bishop's All-Clergy Gathering
- FAQs: Post-Judicial Council Ruling
- Article related to what in The Book of Discipline is adaptable to central conferences
- Article About Connectional Table Perspectives on the Future of the Denomination (the Connectional Table works to coordinate the work of general agencies and the mission, ministry and resources of the denomination)
- Article regarding Judicial Council rulings
- Summit Plans Inclusive Methodist Movement
- Planning New Directions for the Church
- Improper Voting at General Conference 2019 Voids Key Vote
- Two Bishops Offer Plan for Denomination's Future
- Group Drafts Separation Plan for Denomination
- Judicial Council Ruling on the Traditionalist Plan
- Judicial Council Ruling on the Disaffiliation Plan
- Star Tribune Article regarding Judicial Council rulings
- Bishops respond to Judicial Council rulings
Working Toward a Fully-Inclusive Methodist Church:
The Inclusive Methodist Movement is meant to serve as a connector of the conversations and information in a time where much is happening, often faster than we can keep up. To share resources and suggestions and/or to sign up for updates, please email
Opportunities to Engage
- Minnesota Reconciling Congregations meetings are held at 7 PM on the second Thursday of every month at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
- Leadership Institute (September 25-27, 2019) at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Two representatives are invited to participate per United Methodist Church.
- On Saturday, October 12 from 9 AM - 4PM, the Minnesota Reconciling Congregations will be hosting a gathering at Portland Avenue United Methodist Church to provide support for persons whose churches are not yet reconciling and/or congregations considering becoming reconciling congregations. The Rev. Izzy Alvaran, Western Jurisdiction Organizer for the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), will lead this workshop. The workshop will include:
- Social justice and intersectionality
- Sexual orientation and gender identity
- What is means to be an ally
- Steps to becoming a Reconciling church
- Practice/role-plays on telling our story
- One-on-one conversations (plus some conflict management tips)
- Break into church groups to develop 3-6 month plans for sharing with the full group.
- Donate to the Ministry of Minnesota Methodists
- Save the Date for a youth and young adults rally at the United Methodist Church of Anoka on September 28.
- Sign the "God Loves All People So Do We" Letter
- Share Your Vision for an Inclusive Church
- Strategic Road Map for Minnesota Methodists
- March 14 Minnesota Reconciling Meeting Recording
- March 14 Minnesota Reconciling Meeting Handout
- March 14 Minnesota Reconciling Meeting Next Steps
- Reconciling Ministries Network Statement on Judicial Council rulings
Organizations Committed to Maintaining a Traditional Methodist Church:
- Statement of the WCA Council on Next Steps
- Wesleyan Covenant Association Article regarding Judicial Council rulings
- TED Talk: How I Have Conversations with People Who Hate Me
- TED Talk: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time