When congregations close or disaffiliate from the UMC, those who intend to remain United Methodist immediately ask, “What happens to my membership?”
This is an urgent question, and one that is being addressed variously in different Annual Conferences. We are using this page to offer general guidance for you if you are asking this question. We will update it as we learn more, but here is what we can tell you now…
(1) If your congregation moves to disaffiliate from the UMC, contact your District Superintendent to see what your next step should be. That may vary from one Annual Conference to another.
(2) Generally, transferring your membership to a nearby UMC is your best move, and you should do this before your church disaffiliates. Being proactive and becoming part of a new UMC congregation is the best transition you can make. The sooner, the better.
(3) Some, however, will not live near to another UMC. If that is the case, talk with your DS to see what would work best for you. If you are one among others in the same dilemma, you may want to begin a group to hold everyone together until a permanent solution is available.
If #3 is the way you decide to go, or need to go, UMsConnected can help you form your group and get started. It can be a new group or an already-existing one. We can provide information and program resources (live and on-demand) that you can use. Get in touch using the email below, and we will send you a guide for establishing a group.
In addition to these basic steps, we know that some Annual Conferences are creating a General Membership Roll for those who do not live near another UMC and cannot transfer their membership to one. They can transfer to the Conference Roll, at least as an interim option.
The Western North Carolina Annual Conference has a good model for these options. Check it out…
We expect other Annual Conferences will do this too. If you would like for your Conference to create a model like this one, pass it on to your DS or other Conference leader whom you know.
One thing is certain, as the new UMC emerges, it will be a challenging time–a time that generates many questions and creates many needs. The most important thing for you to do is not to try to figure everything out on your own. You are not alone. You have options. And as you need or like, UMsConnected is here to walk with you.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to email Dr. Steve Harper at email@example.com