Conference offers help for those who wish to remain in the UMCSC
For those South Carolina United Methodists who would like to remain with The United Methodist Church but their local church has voted to separate from the denomination, conference leaders have released a set of resources.
“Engaging Possibilities,” found at https://umcsc.org/engage, is designed to serve as a starting point for those in search of a new place to worship.
• A link to the UMC’s Find-A-Church tool, which identifies local UMCs based on a ZIP code or address, or directions on how to get in touch with district offices to find a UMC in your area;
• Tools to begin the process of transferring church membership. You can transfer your membership to a specific church, temporarily to a district or temporarily to the annual conference; and
• Opportunities to learn about “New Expressions of Church” in the South Carolina Conference.
The UMCSC team developing Engaging Possibilities, led by the Rev. James Friday, director of Congregational Development, and the Rev. Millie Nelson Smith, director of Connectional Ministries, will continue to identify needs of those searching for a new church home and additional resources to address those needs.
“Whether you are an individual or a group of people searching for a new church home, we will be there for you during this transitional and prayerfully transformational time,” Friday said.
“As you consider your next faithful steps, specific pathways among which you may choose will continue to emerge as the conference, districts and local churches come together to reflect The United Methodist connection at its best.”