2553 Study Group
This is the page on our website where you can find links and resources regarding the disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. You will also find meeting dates, times and locations.
There will be a special called church conference on Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm. All church members are strongly encouraged to attend as this will be when the vote for disaffiliation will occur. ONLY church members will be allowed to vote.
Link to video of court hearing about disaffiliation and ruling on May 16, 2023.
From the progressive viewpoint:
This link to an article from the Pacific Northwest Conference has other links at the bottom of the article to read to do more research from this perspective.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVWXTHFrzeE – news story on 70 churches interviewing Greg Porterfield in Augusta district
From the centrist/institutionalist viewpoint:
BeUMC is the webpage dedicated to explaining what the UMC is about.
#BeUMC on FaceBook is more slanted toward promoting readers to stay in the UMC as opposed to disaffiliating, and as with most FaceBook pages, it has some pretty extreme views, so you have to be discerning in your reading.
The LewisCenter is a reputable resource on subjects such as dealing with adversity in The church although a institutionalist concept on theological matters. We can certainly take heed to the concept presented in this article. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/what-to-do-when-people-leave-your-church/
This is the resource page of the UMC campaign “BeUMC”. https://www.resourceumc.org/en/agencies/communications/church-and-conference-resources/people-of-god-campaign-new
From the conservative viewpoint:
Here are several links to the Good News videos that Rob Renfroe did. Keith and Kim both have his book and will share it with anyone wishing to read it.
Video report from Trinity on The Hill UMC in Augusta as their committee studied the disaffiliation process. They had a large group with several subcommittees.
This is a link to an article written by Warren Lathem
Other information and references:
Information about disaffiliation from the South Georgia Conference website.