The bishop dismissed the pastor. He declared that he accepted the withdrawal and transfer of the 175 members, and that those few remaining now made up the church. He appointed Dr. Carl Grubbs as interim pastor. He gave the present pastor 30 days to vacate the church parsonage. So, how will those 175 plus members who have withdrawn from the United Methodist Church respond? First, I urge the withdrawing members… to respond with faith and love, not bitterness. Let us not make any personal attacks on those who oppose what we are doing, but trust God to lead us. After all, the reason we are withdrawing from the UMC is because we want to be faithful to God’s Word.
On March of 2018, church members at First United Methodist Church of Louisville, Mississippi voted to withdraw the congregation’s membership from the United Methodist Church (UMC) denomination. Members based their decision upon a number of issues including the lack of enforcement of the Conference’s Discipline on homosexual leadership roles in the UMC and abortion issues that they believed were funded by the UMC.
United - Louisville - Congregation - Vote - Guidelines
First United in Louisville is a 180-year-old congregation. In the vote held under the guidelines provided by UMC at that time, members voted 175-6 to begin the process of removing the church from the denomination.
Louisville’s church is not the first to vote to separate from UMC recently as a result of these issues. In at least two previous cases, negotiations with UMC led to the congregation attaining ownership of the church property. Methodist church properties, like many other large denominations are held as trusts and are not directly owned by the local church board.
Wednesday - May - Church - Conference - Louisville
On Wednesday, May 23, a church conference was held in Louisville with UMC leaders including James Swanson, the Bishop of the Mississippi Conference of the UMC. As...
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