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UMC Current Landscape

Options For The Future

Pray for Piney Grove as we continue planting, nurturing and growing relationships in Christ Jesus!

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SPLIIT: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Remain in the UMC

Future uncertain with orthodox churches leaving via disaffiliation or transfer

Process: No need to vote or make any changes to current status

Book of Discipline still governing order

Requirements:

Property of Piney Grove remains in possession of the denomination

Continue to pay tithes/apportionments according to the Arkansas Conference

Continue to pay fair share of church’s portion of unfunded liability to Wespath pastors retirement fund

Timeline:  anticipation of possible legislation changes at General Conference 2024

Par. 2553 Disaffiliate reasons of conscience

Become an independent church

Process:  Majority vote Administrative Council of the church

Send letter to District Superintendent

Enter 3 Month Discernment time with Bishop and District Superintendent

Final Vote via called Church Conference

Requirements:

Pay all current year tithes and another 12 months in advance

Repay any grants

Pay church’s portion of unfunded liability present and future to Wespath pastors retirement fund

Pay legal fees to transfer deed to church

Must be approved at Arkansas Annual Conference

Must be approved by Conference Board of Church  location and building

Timeline:  Sunset clause 12/31/23

Par. 2548.2 Transfer to another (Wesleyan) evangelical denomination

Connection to another Episcopal denomination

Process:  Majority vote Administrative Council of the church

Send letter to District Superintendent

Enter 2 month Discernment time with Bishop and District Superintendent

Requirements:

Bishop and majority Cabinet Approval

Approval of District Board of Church location and building

Enter into Comity agreement

Agree to promissory note of church’s portion of unfunded liability present and future to Wespath pastors’ retirement fund

Timeline: Open ended

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