As we continue to navigate this particular season in our North Carolina Conference, we want to share this story of one church’s journey through the disaffiliation process.
If you are wondering about disaffiliation; if your church is discerning next steps in regard to disaffiliation; if your church has a church conference vote coming up soon; or if your church has already voted, this video is for you.
“Living Into God’s Future” is a series of interviews conducted at Jarvis Memorial UMC in Greenville, NC. During the 2022 disaffiliations, Jarvis’ church council voted to call a church conference for a disaffiliation vote. The subsequent vote did not achieve the required two-thirds majority, and Jarvis stayed a United Methodist congregation. The margin of that vote, however, was very close.
In the aftermath of that process and the vote, several church members made the decision to leave Jarvis. You can imagine how difficult this has been. As you will hear in these interviews, there are no “winners” or “losers” in this situation. Make no mistake – there is pain and hurt on both sides of this decision.
Now, Jarvis Memorial UMC is faced with the task of picking up the pieces and continuing to “live into God’s future.” In the midst of brokenness, there is hope. In the midst of pain, there is healing. And in the midst of uncertainty, there is the assurance that God continues to redeem, lead, and guide.