gulf shores umc and The discernment process


On November 17th the members of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church came together in a “Church Conference Meeting” led by our District Superintendent, Dr. Debora Bishop, to vote on a resolution to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. The members in attendance voted to approve the resolution to disaffiliate with 259 (81%) voting “Yes”, 56 (19%) voting “No”, and 1 voting to abstain.  


As we move forward, our church Trustees will work with the Annual Conference Trustees to finalize the Disaffiliation Agreement which will ultimately be ratified by an Annual Conference vote scheduled for May 7th , 2023. Also, very soon, our Church Council will be working diligently to bring a presentation to the church body about the connectional possibilities going forward (i.e. The Global Methodist Church, The Free Methodist Church, independent, etc.). This will include a plan to handle the amount we must pay the annual conference to retain our buildings and property. 


INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES


Gulf Shores UMC Discernment Process Update Video

Pastor Rusty Hutson and church council chair Larry Walker


Let me Say That Again

Reverend Maxie Dunnam, Christ Church Memphis Tennessee


Exiting United Methodism Now

Mark Tooley, the Institute on Religion and Democracy


A Word from Bishop Graves: Why I Remain a United Methodist

Alabama West Florida Conference


Sinking Sand: Why I Am Leaving United Methodism

Mindy Dennison, Good News Mag


Dispelling Myths about the Future of Methodism

Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary


Personal Observation of a Crisis in the United Methodist Church

Dr. Karl Stegall, retired District Superintendent and former minister at First UMC of Montgomery


Standing in the Way of Progress

Jeremy Rebman, president of the WCA-Florida Regional Chapter


Traditionalist Group Not Going Away

UM News


A Messy Methodism Church Schism

Wall Street Journal


Why Many Traditionalists Feel “Stuck”

Thomas Lambrecht, Good News Mag


Q&A with Bishop Graves

Alabama West Florida Conference


Bishop Plans to Allow Defiance of United Methodist Church Standards

Walter Fenton, WCA