Current UMC Issues

There is a lot of information circulating about what is currently happening within the United Methodist Church. As with most topics, there are different views as to what is true and what is false.

The purpose of this page is to provide fact-based information that will hopefully make these issues easier to navigate for all of us here at St Paul's UMC.


Please use the link below to read a letter from your Church Council.

Church letter


DISCERNMENT DECISION LETTER

General Information

  • Since we are a part of the Louisiana Conference, we encourage you to look at their website for information about what is going on here.

    SEE THEIR PAGE ->

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  • The United Methodist Church has its own web page full of information about all current issues and FAQs.

    SEE THEIR PAGE ->

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  • This website has resources by Pastor Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. He recorded six videos to help people better understand what it means to be United Methodist.

  • This informational blog is written by Pastor Chris Ritter. He is the Directing Pastor of Geneseo First United Methodist Church which has been honored both by the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and Discipleship Ministries for its high number of new professions of faith. 

  • Chris Ritter updated a previously published history of the United Methodist human sexuality debate. His article covers information from 1972 to today.

  • John Lomperis wrote and presented a speech on why the United Methodist Church is actually splitting. This article breaksdown the discipline, doctorine and today's controversies from a neutral, bird's-eye-view.

  • This article by the UMC lines out what congregations should know about disaffiliation. It lines out steps and actions to be taken and pulls information from the Book the Discipline.

  • This video series is about the value of staying UMC. This series talks to LA Conference pastors and lay leaders about why they are staying with the UMC.