Way Forward

Information concerning the Commission on a Way Forward can be found at this link from umc.org.  Additional news can be seen through the United Methodist News Service (some selected articles below).  Please remain in prayer as we await the official release of the plan specifics and as various groups make petitions concerning the special-called 2019 General Conference.  Plans are in the works for a town hall meeting at Calhoun First UMC in the near future with a delegate to that called General Conference.  Additionally, the North Georgia Annual Conference is planning a listening session with our delegation for later this year with details to be announced.

Court docket details proposed plans for UMC – July 18, 2018
Translated Way Forward coming July 30 – July 10, 2018
Bishops amend what’s heading to GC2019 – July 9, 2018
Annual conferences mixed on bishops’ plan – July 9, 2018

The North Georgia Annual Conference has made the following Question and Answer document available.

The Council of Bishops has partnered with The Upper Room to launch Phase 3 of the “Praying our Way Forward” initiative.  Bishop Al Gwinn, the Prayer Team Coordinator, says that “In this phase, we are encouraging every United Methodist to fast weekly and to pray daily with the Council of Bishops.”  All people across our denomination are invited to pray for God’s guidance as we approach the special-called session of General Conference to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.

As Methodists worldwide await the release of the proposals to be considered during this session, here’s how you can participate:
• Join UMCPrays.org and get more details on this initiative.
• Pause and pray four minutes from 2:23 through 2:26 AM or PM.
• Participate in a weekly Wesleyan fast from Thursday after dinner through Friday afternoon.  Those who have health situations causing food fasts to be unadvisable might consider fasting from social media, emails or another daily activity.
• Use the prayer calendar to pray for delegates and bishops by name.