He said he was confident that many local congregations would join “in waves” over the next few years.
The proposal, hammered out over several months in borrowed space in a Washington, D.C., law office, lays out a blueprint for the formation of a new traditionalist Methodist denomination that includes $25 million over several years to the new denomination, which would give up further claims to UMC assets.
Boyette said it was anticipated that some conservative churches “will find annual conferences willing to negotiate fair and just exit provisions, while others will unfortunately face obstacles placed in their paths.”
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, the episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference of the UMC, which includes metro Atlanta, said the United Methodist Church is in “ministry to the poor and hungry in our communities, we are working to dismantle racism, trying to be agents of reconciliation in a polarized world. We believe that our best witness of the unifying power of Jesus Christ is that we love and work hand-in-hand with people with whom we may not entirely agree. "
In the North Georgia Conference has 800 churches and more than 300,000 lay members.
The Commission on the General Conference, the 25-person group tasked with planning the global meeting, said in a press release that the decision to postpone the meeting was due to COVID-related and travel constraints, including a backlog in getting visas for the large number of delegates coming from outside the United States.
The UMC has members in 40 nations.
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