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Disaffiliation Process and Information


Page Updated June 17, 2022

The Conference Board of Trustees have 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 steps 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.

Churches that wish to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church may submit a request for a church conference to their District Superintendent between January 1 and February 28, 2023. 

Current Process and Disaffiliation Agreement Documents

Message from Cabinet on Church Conferences

Churches that discern that they would like to request a church conference to vote on disaffiliation will make their request to their District Superintendent. Superintendents will receive requests between January 1 and February 28, 2023. After February 28, church conferences will be scheduled by the District Superintendent.

All requests made in this timeframe will be fulfilled. The schedule will be set to ensure completion and efficiency (scheduling will not be based on the order in which requests are made). There is no advantage or disadvantage to requesting earlier or later in the window.

Note that the district superintendents will not receive any disaffiliation requests from any church prior to the 1st of January. And they will not receive any disaffiliation requests after February 28th. 

Also important to note:

  • No church is required to vote or required to consider a vote to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church.
  • There is no hurry or need to rush the process of discernment if your church is considering disaffiliation.

Helpful Resources

News

After A Church Votes to Disaffiliate

Background

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. 


Archived Information
 

Process and Disaffiliation Agreement Documents

June 2021 - June 2022: