As announced at the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session in June, the Bishop, in consultation with the Sessions Committee, called a Special Iowa Annual Conference Session for November 18, 2023, for the sole purpose of disaffiliation. In part, this Session is to give local churches sufficient time and accurate information as they discern their future in the UMC. For the timelines and more information about disaffiliation, click here.
This summer, your church may have been approached by people representing a new traditionalist Methodist denomination called the Global Methodist Church or representatives from the Wesley Covenant Association, who may have insinuated that your church should be in a hurry to discern its future. But there is NO HURRY for your church to rush through discernment. Churches have until December 31, 2023, to complete the disaffiliation process (including an annual conference vote being held in ...