This page is intended to be a resource for members of Friendship UMC who are looking for information about the turmoil taking place in the United Methodist Church.
Friendship UMC has not voted to disaffiliate from the UMC, but is asking all members to get educated on the issues for the possibility that Friendship UMC will vote on the issue of disaffiliation.
This page seeks to provide information in an unbiased manner, though many of the resources provided are biased. This page will be edited frequently as the situation develops and more resources become available! Please note: The issues facing our denomination are myriad. This page is not meant to “boil down” our differences into two groups. (For example one might argue that a third group called “Centrists” represents the feeling of a lot of Methodists.)


FAQ's With Bishop David Graves

Click this link to for resources from the South Georgia Annual Conference:

State of the UMC 2022 Rev. Nate Lehman

An argument for staying in the UMC Rev. Adam Hamilton

Rev. Rob Renfroe Good News Magazine

Abibe South Georgia

Steps for a local church to disaffiliate.

The process for disaffiliation is as follows:
  • If a church is considering whether or not disaffiliation is in its best interest, the pastor or church lay leaders should notify the District Superintendent. The Superintendent shall hold an informal meeting with church leaders hearing their concerns, sharing the steps of the disaffiliation policy, and providing for ongoing dialogue.
  • If after consideration of the matter the church council of a local church determines that the church wishes to consider disaffiliation, it shall notify its District Superintendent. 
  • The District Superintendent shall call a church conference under ¶ 248 of the Book of Discipline for the sole purpose of deciding whether to disaffiliate. Such church conference shall be held within 120 days after the district superintendent calls for the church conference. The call and conduct of the church conference shall be governed by ¶¶ 246-247. In addition, special attention shall be made to give broad notice to the full, professing membership of the local church regarding the time and place of a church conference called for this purpose and to use all means necessary, including electronic communication where possible, to communicate. 
  • The decision to disaffiliate must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the professing members of the local church present at the church conference.  
  • The request to disaffiliate must then be ratified by the members of the South Georgia Annual Conference. Ratification of such agreement shall require the approval by a simple majority of the members of the annual conference present and voting. No disaffiliation shall be effective until ratified by the Annual Conference. In addition, the Conference Board of Trustees must approve a local church’s disaffiliation.
Local Church: Cost to Disaffiliate 
The local church must enter into a standard disaffiliation agreement with the annual conference, which includes at least the following:
  • Payment of any unpaid apportionments for the 12 months prior to the effective date of disaffiliation PLUS an additional equal amount representing 12 months of future apportionments.
  • The local church shall pay its appointed clergy’s compensation and benefits through the date on which its disaffiliation is effective.
  • A disaffiliating local church shall have the right to retain its real and personal, tangible and intangible, property. All transfers of property shall be made prior to disaffiliation. All costs for transfer of title or other legal work, including any costs or fees incurred by the Annual Conference in connection with the disaffiliation, shall be borne by the disaffiliating local church.
    • A disaffiliating local church shall satisfy all other debts, loans, and liabilities, or assign and transfer them to its new entity, prior to disaffiliation.
    • All payments hereunder shall be made prior to the effective date of departure.
  • If a church votes to disaffiliate, the payment obligation must be fulfilled within 30 days of the date the Annual Conference voted to accept the disaffiliation request.

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