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It is a church committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly. We believe the Global Methodist Church will be filled with warm-hearted, Jesus loving, and Holy Spirit inspired people. They will be grounded in Scripture and the life giving confessions of the Christian faith as found in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.

The Global Methodist Church has not been legally formed and is not operating as a church at this time. When legally formed, the Global Methodist Church will be as outlined on these pages. We expect the Global Methodist Church will be legally formed and begin to operate as a church when the General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopts the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation which anticipates the creation of new Methodist churches. Alternatively, if it becomes apparent that the leading bishops, centrists, and progressives who covenanted to support the Protocol no longer do so, then the council will consider bringing the new church into existence without delay.

Officially, the Transitional Leadership Council is forming the Global Methodist Church. However, over a thousand people have had a role in giving shape to it. Clergy and lay people in Africa, Europe, Eurasia, the Philippines and the United States have sacrificially given of their time, talent, and resources to discern God’s will for the formation of the Global Methodist Church. Once the Global Methodist Church is formed and begins operations, it will be governed by a Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline. Ultimately, duly elected delegates to the Global Methodist Church’s convening General Conference will prayerfully seek God’s will for the church’s future. The convening General Conference will adopt a Book of Doctrines and Discipline to replace the transitional document.

It is widely assumed that the delegates to The United Methodist Church’s next General Conference (August 29-September 6, 2022) will approve a plan for the denomination’s amicable separation. Once that plan of separation is approved, the Global Methodist Church’s Transitional Leadership Council will officially launch the new denomination. Alternatively, if it becomes apparent that the leading bishops, centrists, and progressives who covenanted to support the Protocol no longer do so, then the council will consider bringing the new church into existence without delay. For approximately one year, the Global Methodist Church will be a church in transition as it prepares for its convening General Conference. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 pandemic induced travel and meeting restrictions, it is not possible to provide an exact date for the official beginning of the Global Methodist Church. Our fervent prayer is that it will take shape later this year.

The dates for the Global Methodist Church’s convening General Conference hinge on when the UM Church is able to hold its next General Conference so the delegates can adopt a plan for an amicable separation. Once a plan is approved the Global Methodist Church’s Transitional Leadership Council will work to determine the most feasible dates for holding its convening General Conference. During a transitional period of 12 to 24 months, local churches and annual conferences everywhere, and central conferences in Africa, Europe, Eurasia, and the Philippines will have the opportunity to join the Global Methodist Church. Once local churches and conferences make their decisions, the Transitional Leadership Council will apportion delegates accordingly and invite them to the Global Methodist Church’s convening General Conference.

That the one God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – has created all things; that Jesus Christ, through the power of his cross and Resurrection, is the Lord and Savior of all the world; and that the Holy Spirit empowers the people of his church to worship and praise God and to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world in word and deed. (For a full accounting of the church’s core beliefs see its Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline, pages 4–19.)

Yes! As a truly global church the denomination will be ethnically and racially diverse and will insist on the equal treatment of all the church’s members.

Yes! Women, like men, will be called to serve in the Global Methodist Church and will be entitled to serve at all levels of the Global Methodist Church.

Local churches will be able to join the Global Methodist Church shortly after it is officially organized. (See paragraph 352 in the Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline for further details on when and how a current local UM church or other churches can join the Global Methodist Church.)

According to the Global Methodist Church’s Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline local churches will own all their property and assets. Since it is widely assumed that the local churches, and annual conferences and central conferences that are strongly inclined to join the Global Methodist Church do not want to be part of a denomination with a “trust clause” (i.e., where local church property is held in trust for a general church), it is almost certain that the Global Methodist Church will never adopt one. Therefore, local churches in the Global Methodist Church will own all their property and assets in perpetuity.

Within two years of its official initiation date, we believe the Global Methodist Church will have local churches in countries all around the world. Most local churches will initially be in Africa, Europe, Eurasia, the Philippines, and the United States. However, the Church is fully committed to becoming a truly global church, and so having local churches in as many countries as possible.

According to the Global Methodist Church’s Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline (see paragraph 516.2) bishops will only serve for defined term limits. Once they serve their terms they will either return to ministry in a local church or to some other area of service in the general church. It is widely assumed the delegates to the Global Methodist Church’s convening General Conference will endorse term limits for bishops.

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