Is The United Methodist Church Really...? Series

February 2, 2023


Is The UMC Really...? Series by Ask The UMC

As members of The United Methodist Church debate the church's stance on human sexuality, some congregations are considering whether they wish to leave the denomination. During this challenging time, misinformation about the church's official positions, how a church can exit, and what the future holds is causing added stress for many. Ask The UMC has created this series of FAQs designed to help dispel false information and provide accurate answers to the questions we are receiving.

Part 1: Disaffiliation Process & Addressing Misinformation & Misperceptions

This is the first in a series of articles to address misperceptions and misinformation about the future of The United Methodist Church and the process of disaffiliating from it. 

Part 2: Addressing Misinformation About Policies of The UMC Regarding Human Sexuality

Ask The UMC responds to misinformation being spread about the policies of The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality and whether they have changed or will soon be changed. 

Part 3: Misconceptions About Disaffiliation

The third in a series of articles to address misperceptions and misinformation about disaffiliation and The United Methodist Church.

Part 4: Answering Questions, Addressing Misconceptions, & Countering Misinformation Around Disaffiliation

Ask The UMC continues to answer questions, address misperceptions, and counter misinformation about The United Methodist Church and the process of disaffiliation from it. 

Part 5: Do We Have to Choose Between The UMC & The GMC?

Do we have to choose between The UMC and the GMC? What happens if an elected delegate disaffiliates?

Part 6: The Effects of Disaffiliation Including Property Retention & Legal Counsel

We respond to more of your questions about The United Methodist Church, disaffiliation, and the effects of disaffiliation including property retention and legal counsel.


Part 7: Boy Scout Settlement, What Retired Clergy Do If Their Church Disaffiliates, & Variations in Disaffiliation Processes From Conference to Conference

We address matters related to the Boy Scout settlement, variations in disaffiliation policies from conference to conference, and what retired clergy need to do if the congregation in which they are active disaffiliates.

Part 8: Explaining Paragraph 2553

We explain why Paragraph 2553 does not apply in central conferences and describe extended or supplemental disaffiliation policies in four US conferences.