The Way Forward
All Methodist Churches will decide their own path forward. It is the goal of The PUMC Path Forward Committee to provide members information that will bring more clarity to all sides of the issue. Additionally, we will provide a more comprehensive evaluation of the cost of disaffiliation and alternative strategies going forward. We ask that you read all the information and attend all called meetings. This is a critical time for our church. We pray that everyone will be engaged. One of the most asked questions is, "How did we get to this point". Please carefully and thoroughly study the attachment.
More information concerning all issues will be available in the coming weeks.
With absolute certainty, no one can predict the future of the United Methodist Church as it relates
to human sexuality issues. Technically, it is true the present UMC Book of Discipline has not
changed to allow self-avowed practicing homosexuals to be certified as candidates, ordained as
ministers, perform same sex marriages, or be appointed to serve in The United Methodist
Church. Additionally, no board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give United
Methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the
acceptance of homosexuality or violate the expressed commitment of The United Methodist
Church "not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends". The council has the
right to stop such expenditures. Homosexuality: Full Book of Discipline statements (umc.org)
One issue of disaffiliating churches is concern that the Book of Discipline will be fundamentally
changed to accommodate the issues mentioned above. For churches that stay it may be helpful
to know the positions of the newest bishops taking office this year. They will play a powerful
role in the future direction of the UMC. Below are statements concerning LGBTQ+ issues and
their feelings about changing the wording in the current Discipline. Change would seem
According to some articles, all 13 new bishops favor changing the language of the Book of
Discipline’s definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. They would endorse
the ordination of practicing gay and lesbian pastors and support the ability of pastors to perform
The Path Forward Committee
Use the links below for more information related to our Path Forward.
How did we get here?
Glossary of Terms for the United Methodist Church.pdf
Why Separate PUMC?
Status of the UMC Rev 5-17-23
Estimate PUMC Disaffiliate UMC
A Comparison of Wesleyan Denominations
Options For Handling The Cost of Disaffiliation
Announcement Sunday August 27