Disaffiliation Process and Information


Updated September 30, 2021

At the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference, the Conference Board of Trustees presented a process for disaffiliation that was established by the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline identifies and charges the Conference Trustees with oversight of terms and conditions of disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church.

This Process and the subsequent Disaffiliation Agreement both follow ¶ 2553 of the 2019 Book of Discipline. The documents are complementary explanations of the process and the order in which the process shall proceed. The steps are presented in chronological order and include the instructions that to proceed, a two-thirds majority of the professing members of the local church present and voting at the church conference approve the resolution. The resolution must then be ratified by the members of the North Georgia Annual Conference. 

Prior to the disaffiliation date, a local church shall pay to the Annual Conference any unpaid apportionments for the 12 months immediately prior and an additional 12 months of apportionments, plus unfunded pension obligations, direct-bill obligations, and other liabilities. A local church must be in good standing as a United Methodist Church in order to disaffiliate with The United Methodist Church. 

Message from Bishop and Cabinet

(December 2021) As we approach the New Year, some have asked questions about the disaffiliation process a church must take to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church per Book of Discipline paragraph 2553. Contact your District Superintendent for detailed information as to Conference Board of Trustees and Disciplinary requirements.

Because of the various steps required in order to be properly before the Annual Conference for a vote in 2022, the deadline for submitting requests to your District Superintendent is February 15.

Process and Disaffiliation Agreement Documents

Helpful Resources


The 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a disaffiliation agreement allowing United Methodist churches to leave the denomination through the end of 2023 "for reasons of conscience regarding a change in the requirements and provisions of the Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality or the ordination or marriage of self-avowed practicing homosexuals as resolved and adopted by the 2019 General Conference, or the actions or inactions of its annual conference related to these issues which follow.” 

The Conference Board of Trustees' Process and the subsequent Disaffiliation Agreement follow ¶ 2553.