Talking Points for the United Methodist Church

Talking Points for the United Methodist Church

Since the close of the contentious 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, United Methodists from across the theological spectrum set to work crafting plans to resolve the bitter dispute over the denomination’s sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards. The following points are as we understand them and will be put forward in 2020:

  1.  Differences in scriptural interpretation, theology and practice have pushed the church to the place where there will be a separation this year.
  2. According to the separation documents presented to us, we do not know what will actually happen until the general conference being held this May.
  3. According to the preliminary separation plans, Wesley members will need to vote to remain a traditional Methodist church.
  4. The current plan allows us to stay on the property and worship together as we have for decades, regardless of the vote.
  5. The proposed plan is the best means to resolve our differences, allowing us to remain true to our theological understanding while recognizing the dignity, equality, integrity, and respect of every person.

Local leaders of the Wesley Church are available to answer questions and will update the congregation in June regarding the conference in May. 

Chair of the Board                        Connie Pruitt
Lay Leader                                        James Pearson
Finance Chair                                   Gloria Rocci
Staff Parish Chair                           Jeff Davis
Trustees Chair                                  Brad Hubbard
Life Enrichment Center               Leslie Berlin
Children’s                                         Rochelle Mock
Youth Ministry                                 Nadia Nunez
Bridges                                              Jennifer Foster
Chair Council on Ministries         Tom Edwards
Pastor                                                 Ernie Post