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Church Council Update on Disaffiliation Pause
March 7, 2023
Progress continues in conversations with representatives of the North Georgia Conference pertaining to the reversal of the pause on disaffiliation. There is more than one possible path for removal of the pause, including settlement or litigation. The Church Council voted to empower the Mount Pisgah Board of Trustees (through an established Steering Committee), to monitor the progress of the settlement discussions and facilitate the monitoring and management of the process based on any developments of significance. The Church Council will be informed of all updates when appropriate. The next two-to-three weeks are critical, so we ask for continued prayer for wisdom and discernment.
Through this process, Mount Pisgah's focus and dedication to our mission remains constant: to Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples Here, There, and Everywhere.
We will continue to provide updates as progress is made.
North Georgia Conference
Announces a Pause on Disaffiliation
On December 28, 2022, our out-going bishop, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, sent an announcement to churches in the North Georgia Conference informing members of the conference that “the appointive cabinet is amending its previously presented policy and will not accept disaffiliation requests at this time nor will the conference board of trustees negotiate disaffiliation agreements.” The entire announcement can be read here.
Members of the Executive Committee of the Mount Pisgah Church Council have been in discussion on precisely what this means for Mount Pisgah and how we will proceed as a church as we gather as a Church Council to discuss our next steps.
As the newly appointed bishop to NGC, Bishop Robin Dease will be meeting with her cabinet and Sr. Pastors in the conference and will discern how to lead forward during and beyond this pause. As always, the focus and priority of Mount Pisgah will be to make disciples of Jesus Christ and build God’s Kingdom. Please continue to pray for discernment and wisdom as we continue God’s mission of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ Here, There, and Everywhere. Our mission will not change.
As new developments unfold, information will be provided.
NGC New Bishop Robin Dease
Effective January 1, 2023
The South Eastern Jurisdictional Conference met this week to elect three new bishops and announce the new episcopal appointments. Rev. Dr. Robin Dease from South Carolina will be joining the North Georgia Conference as our new Bishop in January.
Read the recent article by clicking here.
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 2022 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.
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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The following informational links have been considered and provided by the Church Council leadership in an effort to help lead us in this season of discernment on how to best live out the mission of Mount Pisgah that we have embraced now for almost 200 years.
Click To View the PP Slide Presentation
Click to View the North Georgia Website
Click To View the NGUMC: What Does It Mean To Be United Methodist
Click To View the Wesleyan Covenant Association Website
September 13 Family Gathering Speakers Presentation
Click Here To View Frequently Asked Questions