Denominational Discernment

40 Days of Prayer and Study

“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God–what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2

As we enter a time of discernment regarding the future of the United Methodist Church and Highlands UMC, check back here often to stay updated with the most recent, factual news.  We will keep this page updated with helpful resources to inform you during this time.

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Information about The Global Methodist Church

Informational Meeting About GMC Aug. 8th, 2022

Information about Staying UMC

Things Happening in the UMC Around the Country

Upcoming Dates

Information Session
Aug. 14th 2:00PM

Town Hall Meeting 1
Aug. 21st 12:30 PM

Information Session
Aug. 28th 2:00PM

Town Hall Meeting 2
Sept. 4th 12:30 PM

Information Session
Sept. 11th 2:00PM

Town Hall Meeting 3 Sept. 18th 12:30 PM

Church Conference for Vote 
Oct. 3rd. 6:00 PM

 

 

Glossary of Terms

General Conference: the governing body of the UMC; consists of elected clergy and laity from every Annual Conference; the official voice of the UMC; the only group allowed to make changes to the Book of Discipline; supposed to meet every four years; has not met for regular session since 2016.

Judicial Council: The highest decision-making body in the UMC for questions of law

Council of Bishops:  The Council of Bishops is made up of all active and retired bishops of The United Methodist Church. The Council meets twice a year. According to the Book of Discipline, “The Church expects the Council of Bishops to speak to the Church and from the Church to the world and to give leadership in the quest for Christian unity and interreligious relationships” (Paragraph 427.2).

Jurisdictions/Jurisdictional Conference:  Large geographic regions of UMC; consists of elected clergy and laity; meets every four years following General Conference; main purpose is to elect and assign bishops to Annual Conferences

Annual Conference: A geographic region of within a Jurisdiction; oversight provided by a Bishop and Cabinet (a group of District Superintendents and other Conference level staff—all clergy); AC consists of clergy and laity from every congregation/charge within the Annual Conference; meets yearly; conducts the business of the Annual Conference

Disaffiliation: the process for a United Methodist congregation to leave the United Methodist Church

Judicial Council: The highest decision-making body in the UMC for questions of law

Council of Bishops:  The Council of Bishops is made up of all active and retired bishops of The United Methodist Church. The Council meets twice a year. According to the Book of Discipline, “The Church expects the Council of Bishops to speak to the Church and from the Church to the world and to give leadership in the quest for Christian unity and interreligious relationships” (Paragraph 427.2).

Jurisdictions/Jurisdictional Conference:  Large geographic regions of UMC; consists of elected clergy and laity; meets every four years following General Conference; main purpose is to elect and assign bishops to Annual Conferences

Annual Conference: A geographic region of within a Jurisdiction; oversight provided by a Bishop and Cabinet (a group of District Superintendents and other Conference level staff—all clergy); AC consists of clergy and laity from every congregation/charge within the Annual Conference; meets yearly; conducts the business of the Annual Conference

Disaffiliation: the process for a United Methodist congregation to leave the United Methodist Church