Sisters and Brothers,
As you know by now, a Disaffiliation Task Force was formed in May of this year with the purpose of studying the process, benefits, and implications of your church disaffiliating from the United Methodist Church. The team has held listening sessions that were open to everyone, with the purpose of presenting the history of KUMC and the UMC, the options for disaffiliation, and the possible differences between remaining in the UMC and becoming an independent church. Many of you asked great questions and offered your feedback.
On Sunday, October 9, that task force reported to the church council and believes we had good attendance at these sessions and has advised the council to request a vote for disaffiliation so that you, as members of KUMC, can officially give your input on the future of the church.
To disaffiliate, our congregation has the burden of achieving a 2/3 vote of the members that are present for a called church conference in 2023. The task force reported uncertainty about how our congregation would vote, having heard opinions from many different perspectives. We are not permitted to take any straw polls but would like to seek more information before the church council makes a decision on December 4, so there are two things we are asking from you.
The survey we had asked for you to participate in has ended and our council will be looking over the results and make a more informed decision on how we need to proceed moving forward. Thank you to all who participated, we appreciate your input.
Please pray for your church leaders. On December 3-4, we will be holding a prayer vigil for the church council as well as for our congregation as a whole. Join us in praying for discernment, wisdom, peace, and unity as we seek the will of God in these matters and many others.
As always, I’m praying for you and my door is always open should you have any questions, concerns, or requests.
Grace & Peace,
Prayer Vigil Link: https://app.planhero.com/gatherings/16359-church-council-prayer-vigil