Dear North Coast United Methodist Church,
After days of prayer, conversation, research, and voting, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church has come to a decision on the Bishop’s Commission on The Way Forward.
Tuesday afternoon following detailed conversation, the General Conference passed on a 53.28% to 46.72% vote to approve the Traditionalist Plan as the way forward for the United Methodist Church.
There is work that will still be taking place. This plan will now move forward for a judicial review as sections of the plan have been reviewed as unconstitutional to the constitution of The United Methodist Church. There could be changes to this decision based on the results of that review.
Also, work will continue to be done by the Western Jurisdiction and the Cal-Pac Annual Conference. Please remain in prayer as the Jurisdictional Conference does its work, as well as June 12-15 as the Cal-Pac Conference meets to pray through our future as a church.
Through our many conversations leading to this point, I know many of you have concerns. Because of our conversations leading up to the vote, I know a number of you are currently heartbroken. As I shared in my sermon Sunday, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We are in a Holy Saturday moment of unknowing, wonderment, and concern, but as the representatives of the Western Jurisdiction shared today, there will be a resurrection. As wecontinue to move forward as a congregation and work towards a resurrection, I continue to ask you to pray over the following questions:
“Who do I not see in our sanctuary?” and “What does the Lord require of you?”
No matter our feelings over decisions made by General Conference or our feelings concerning the foundational conversation of conference, it is still our call to care for the needs of Oceanside, represent the grace of Jesus Christ, and to be the hands and feet that introduce others to the love of Jesus Christ.
We are not defined by news or misunderstandings. We are not solely defined by our denomination. We are ultimately defined by the way we reflect the light of Jesus Christ to others.
Please let’s continue to pray together, study together, work together, grow together, and serve together so we and our church can proclaim we are truly serving the Lord.
God is love,
Pastor Drew Davis