Focus: Grace & Truth in St. Louis
The Special Session of the General Conference met on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St Louis, Missouri, and concluded on Tuesday, February 26, the date of this publication. The good news is the Traditional Plan for the Way Forward of retaining the prohibition for the ordination of homosexuals was approved by a 55% majority, and the One Church Plan supported by a majority of the Council of Bishops which sought to remove the prohibition of the ordination of homosexuals, was defeated on the floor and in the legislative committee receiving only 43% vote. (See article re-printed in this newsletter)
Our United Methodist denomination has been struggling with this important issue. But since 1972, for the past 47 years, the General Conference has continued to re-affirm the traditional Biblical & Wesleyan view of marriage between males and females & the prohibition on ordination of open & practicing homosexuals.
It will be up to the Bishops to now enforce the rules of our Book of the Discipline as reaffirmed by this Special Session. Churches and denominations cannot do their work by consensus, but only by majority vote in our democratic process. Prayer undergirded the Special Session on the opening day and those attending said the results were amazing and that God’s grace and truth were manifested throughout the Conference.
Our denomination has expended a great amount of time, money, resources, and energies to re-affirm our Wesleyan beliefs and Christian tradition over the last 19 years. Mainline denominations in the US who have approved the ordination of homosexuals such as the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Lutheran Church (ELCA) have been struggling with membership loss. All 5 Districts of our Methodist churches in Arkansas were estimated to back the Traditional Plan between 75-80%.
Our prayer is that our Methodist denomination will now move Forward and re-focus its prayers, spiritual energies, & resources on the mission that Jesus gave us: “Go, and make disciples….baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28: 16-20).
Youth Director Position
15 hrs. per week
Sunday morning & evening,
and Wednesday after school
& occasional weekend activities
Job Description available via e mail
Start date: February 10, 2019
Snail Mail or Email resume
with references & photo to:
First United Methodist Church
1403 West Sunset Drive