Discerning the Way Forward with hope
Please note the Mount Pisgah Church Council Executive Committee has prepared this webpage reflecting the facts and information as presently understood and communicated by the United Methodist Church. This situation has been dynamic, evolving, and changing over the course of the past several years and even as recently as the June 2023 North Georgia Annual Conference. As new information and guidance from the United Methodist Church is provided, if any, additional steps and considerations may come to bear. We will update this webpage as appropriate to continue to proactively inform the people of Mount Pisgah.
Progress Update – July 7, 2023
As you know, the June 7th vote to disaffiliate passed by a 92% margin. There are several North Georgia Conference requirements/obligations that must be met as we approach the November 18th Called Annual Conference. Task forces have been formed to handle the logistics of these requirements/obligations and will provide continual updates as we continue living out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ here, there, and everywhere.
The following link provides information, including the process and list of those obligations. https://www.ngumc.org/disaffiliation-process-and-information.
RESULTS OF THE VOTE
JUNE 7, 2023
After careful consideration and prayer, members of Mount Pisgah UMC have voted to proceed with disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. 92% of members present for the vote cast ballots in favor of disaffiliation. There were 513 votes in favor of disaffiliating and 44 votes for remaining UMC.
We want to express our gratitude to all those who have been praying for guidance and discernment during this process. While our vote represents a significant step forward, it is important to note that Mount Pisgah will continue to be a United Methodist Church as we progress toward our expressed desire for disaffiliation. According to the terms prescribed in the UMC disaffiliation contract, the process is not complete until there is a majority vote at the special North Georgia Called Conference on November 18, 2023.
We want to assure our congregation and the broader UMC community that our decision is rooted in our deep love for Christ and a desire to faithfully serve Him. As we move forward, we remain steadfast in our commitment to praying for God's blessing over the United Methodist Church and our congregation, as well as other churches facing similar decisions. We believe that through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can continue to build bridges and foster understanding among all believers.
Please join us in seeking God's wisdom, guidance, and unity as we move through this process. We are grateful for the love and fellowship we have experienced as a part of the United Methodist Church, and we are committed to honoring our shared history. As we move forward, we will continue to welcome, appreciate, and love all at our church. Our mission remains the same: to make disciples of Jesus Christ here, there, and everywhere.
north georgia annual conference summary
june 5, 2023
A summary of the actions taken during the North Georgia Annual Conference in Athens, GA June 1-3, 2023.
Church Council Meeting – October 20, 2022
The Church Council met for the regularly scheduled meeting on October 20, 2022 via Zoom. As part of the agenda, the vote to request a Called Church Conference for considering disaffiliation was taken. The result of the vote was 29-2 in favor of proceeding with submitting the request. As appointed clergy both Pastor Steve Wood and Pastor Mike Broome abstained. According to the North Georgia Annual Conference guidelines, the formal request will be sent to the District Superintendent between January 1 – February 28, 2023. The date for the in-person Called Church Conference will be between March and April 2023, following a formal request to the North Georgia Conference in January 2023, as required under Book of Discipline Paragraph 2553.
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