I’m always looking for a reason to create a new spreadsheet. Since I’ve received a lot of call and emails asking me to run the numbers on disaffiliation, I figured I would create a spreadsheet to help churches estimate their own cost of disaffiliation in the Dakotas UMC.
Does anybody understand the process for leaving the United Methodist denomination? I’m in leadership, and I only had a rough idea because, like almost every United Methodist process, the Disaffiliation process seems confusing and overly complicated. Partially this is on purpose so that somebody doesn’t get mad one day and disaffiliation the next. The process allows a church to work through disaffiliation rationally.
This post covers step-by-step the process to disaffiliate in the Dakotas UMC.
In the split of the United Methodist denomination, what are fair terms for a church to be able to leave the UMC to join the Global Methodist denomination? This is such a cruddy deal that I doubt either side will be perfectly happy with any terms. Are there terms that seem fair and allow us not to feel taken advantage of? I hope so.
In this post, I share some thoughts from the leadership of the Dakotas UMC as we try to navigate this issue.
In thinking about what a good split would look like in the United Methodist denomination, I hope we finish well. I hope that those that leave follow through with their commitments. I also hope that those that stay follow through with theirs as well.
What are those commitments. I try to pick out the ones that I think are most relevant at this time. Are there others you would include?
So…I’ve learned a lot about YouTubing over the last 3.5 years. I currently have the second largest United Methodist YouTube channel in the Dakotas. Embrace Church is beating me, but I’m beating Dakota Wesleyan.
How did this happen when I post primarily on church finances? I go over 8 things to think about to increase your views in this post. Most are super easy to fix and, because I’m cheap, they won’t cost a dime.
Many of us are fortunate enough to know what a good home feels like. It might be your biological home or with your in-laws or even with a group of good friends, but it’s so important to have a good home if we are going to do our best work.
In this week’s offering, I give you three questions to ask yourself (either as an individual or a church) to help in discerning if the UMC or GMC will be a good home.
By default, I’m a transactional person. I tend to focus on the things I can count…especially the dollars. Over the years I’ve had to accept that a healthy balance sheet is meaningless if lives are not being transformed.
Sheri Meister shares her thoughts and experiences in working with Transactional Churches vs Transformation Churches.