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UMC Updates

Want to keep up with happenings in the United Methodist Church leading into General Conference 2020? Check this page to get brief updates from Dr. Andy Stoker, as well as information and resources as they become available.

January 29

(5:30 p.m. CST) I am grateful for our members and guests who came to our all-church meeting on Monday. I’m humbled by your outreach after the fact, and I’m glad you see value in us sharing information and having conversation about what’s happening in our denomination.

The video below captures a majority of my presentation from Monday night. If you weren’t able to join us, please watch this to get up to speed. In addition, you can read the entire proposed protocol for yourself; it’s only about three pages in length.

Like I mentioned Monday night, there are three key words that we need to hold close through the next three months: I don’t know. None of us know what will happen at General Conference, and right now, we just have to sit together in this “in-between” time. And, in this season, we can also adopt another three words: I love you. This is the time where we need to love and support one another as our denomination transitions through this liminal time. There might be a lot we don’t know, but what we do know is that while the future is unknown, we are loved by God and we are called to love one another.

If you have questions about any of this information, or would like clarification, I’m available! Please email me – I’m happy to connect with you!

January 23

(Noon CST) We had a great Church Council session Tuesday (January 21) where I spoke at a high level about what has taken place since General Conference 2019 and the protocol that has been recommended for legislation at General Conference 2020. We had some fruitful table discussions about how members were feeling about the protocol, and how we can best communicate with the congregation on these issues moving forward.

Here are a few of the slides I presented Tuesday night to which I’ve added some notes; feel free to use these as a primer for our all-church meeting next Monday. Please encourage your friends and fellow members to attend on Monday as we discuss these important issues.

January 10

(1 p.m. CST) I’ve just released a letter inviting our congregation to participate in an all-church meeting on Jan. 27. At that time, we’ll take a deep dive into the protocol that has been in the news since the new year, and discuss what that means for the denomination and our church.

Here’s a video we’re asking people to watch in advance of our all-church meeting.


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