Resources for United Methodists Discerning their Future

In the liminal season between 2019 and 2023, many individuals and churches sought tp renew their vision as United Methodists, focusing on vitality as they made disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Others explored a different future and and left the denomination.

Following the 2019 General Conference, some churches sought to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church using Para. 2553 in the 2016 Book of Discipline. For individuals and churches discerning their future, the conference provided several resources. (See below.) 

See a list of the churches who disaffiliated and the pastors who have withdrawn from the denomination

Learn more:

Beginning Again Guide

Lighthouse Congregations

Coverage from Disaffiliation Vote at Annual Conference Session

Disaffiliation Resources from 2022 and 2023

On May 11, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling released a video with comprehensive information designed to answer all your questions about disaffiliation.

Updated FAQ on Disaffiliation (May 22, 2023)


Wespath video and FAQ on Disaffiliation and the Unfunded Withdrawal Liability 

 Wespath guide to Clergy Withdrawals – Impact on Benefits when Surrendering Credentials