PReparing for a 'Way Forward'

We offer this to use as a resource to learn more about the background and proposals coming before the leaders of the UMC around the impasse around human sexuality at the General Conference in February 2019. 


We want your feedback. We will be establishing methods and events to hear from you, before the end of October. 


We are preparing our hearts for the great plans God has ahead for us (Jeremiah 29:11).

  • The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

    The 860 delegates are not limited to the plans found in this report.

  • Thomas Lambrecht is a United Methodist clergyperson and the vice president of Good News. He also served as a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. 

  • The trust clause is actually a 'conservative' item within our denomination and a few others, namely the Episcopal Church. It has been upheld in every state and at the US Supreme Court. It protects the local congregation and larger denomination from 'hostile takeovers' that would see church property used outside of the historical designation as a Methodist place of worship of God. Currently, if the Bonaire church ceases to operate

    as a UMC, the deed of the real property reverts to the annual conference.