The Path Forward

Page updated 9/8/22

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and represents a good faith effort by the MMUMC Path Forward Task Force to educate and inform our congregation on the full range of perspectives regarding the current issues facing the UMC and their impact on the future of our church.  The inclusion of any links herein does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed within them by the Path Forward Task Force, and we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness or factual accuracy of any opinions/information presented.  We encourage the congregation to prayerfully consider all information disseminated, independently verify any information upon which you rely, and seek out truthful information on your own such that if the time comes, you will be able to make a decision on disaffiliation or not based upon your own informed heart and mind. 

Three Phases within The Path Forward with Key Dates

Phase 1: Introduction

8/14/22
Church Council Meeting
Venue: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30 pm

8/21/22

Forum with 2 presentations – 45 min each
Venue: Sanctuary
Time: 6-8 pm

  • Managed and moderated Q&A from questions submitted on website or through written cards
  • Informational handouts from each perspective will be printed and available to each attendee
  • This event will be recorded and live streamed
  • Website will be updated after this meeting is over and the tech team has had time to post the recording and upload any additional information

Phase 2: Education

*The following events are stand alone and serve a specific purpose – they are NOT duplicative.

9/18/22 (Updated New Date)
Theological Issues
Venue: Sanctuary
Time: 6-8 pm

  • Presentations from Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers and Rev. Glenn Hannigan
  • Designed to address theological issues raised through disaffiliation discussions
  • Managed and moderated Q&A from questions submitted on website or through written cards
  • This event will be recorded and live streamed
  • Website will be updated after this meeting is over and the tech team has had time to post the recording and upload any additional information

10/02/22 (Updated New Date)
What is Disaffiliation, Why Now and Practical Implications?

  • Designed to address logistical and practical considerations surrounding the decision to remain UMC or disaffiliate
  • Presenters and format TBD but will be announced beforehand

10/02/22 – 10/16/22 (Updated New Dates)
Congregation Survey

  • Designed to properly inform Church Council with feedback from the congregation on numerous topics
  • Paper and online version

10/1/22 – 11/23/22

Scheduled Updates and Special Events

11/24/22 – 12/31/22

Advent and Christmas Season of Prayer

1/1/23 – 2/28/23

Continued Education

Phase 3: Call to Action

10/23/22
  • Following education and the presentation of survey results by the Task Force, Church Council will meet to determine next steps in our Path Forward. Specifically, the Church Council will be deciding whether or not McEachern UMC will submit a formal request to the District Superintendent that she conduct a church conference wherein the membership of the church shall be given an opportunity to vote on disaffiliation from the UMC.
1/1/23 – 2/28/23
  • Per the guidelines set forth by the North Georgia Conference, such a request shall be made by the Church Council, if at all, between January 1, 2023 and February 28, 2023.
3/1/23
  • The District Superintendent shall begin the process of scheduling church conferences for those churches requesting a conference on disaffiliation, set to ensure completion and efficiency (not based on when a request is made). If requested, McEachern’s Church Conference on disaffiliation will occur some time after this date. The decision to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of the local church present at the church conference.

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