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The future of The UMC

John Wesley Preaching

As the United Methodist Church waits for the next gathering of the global denomination in 2024, many are looking for answers about what may happen and the impact on their local church.  The Michigan Conference is committed to providing resources to help all congregations navigate this time of discernment and to provide care and support for pastors, congregations, and individuals as they go through this process. The Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church also has a vision for the church going into the future.  Please return often to find new resources.

#Be United Methodist

A commitment to spaciousness

"The Michigan Conference has consistently identified a direction for its future, a direction that defines inclusivity in ways beyond our current polity, a direction that seeks to combine personal faith development, congregational vibrancy, and passion for creating a more just and peaceful world. There is spaciousness, room for difference in matters of conscience, and encouragement to ongoing dialogue amid contradictory convictions within that broad direction. "   - MICHIGAN BISHOP DAVID BARD

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"Blessing One Another"  FAQ video and printable PDF

The Michigan Conference has assembled a FAQ with answers to your most pressing questions.

You can read and download the PDF or view and share it in video form.

This document was last updated on July 22, 2022 and contains a footer with the code V072222, indicating you have the latest version.  This document will be updated as new information becomes available.


Gracious Orthodoxy

"I joined The United Methodist Church when I was 18 years old precisely because of the church’s foundational convictions about God. I was searching for a spiritual home after the loss of two good friends.  I had checked out a copy of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church from my university library. It was while reading the section called “Doctrinal Standards and Our Theological Task” that I knew I’d found a spiritual home."   -REV. ADAM HAMILTON

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Specifics of disaffiliation

The Michigan Conference Trustees have developed a process for churches seeking details on how to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church.  Learn more

Ask a question

Local church leadership is encouraged to contact their conference district superintendent with questions or concerns. You can also contact Clergy Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne Contact

Coming Soon

  • Discernment resources for the local church
  • Guidance for clergy if their congregation disaffiliates
  • Guidance for laity if their congregation disaffiliates
  • Creating more spacious communities


Reason, experience & tradition

" I believe that constant change is part of God’s design for the world and for us. Therefore God intends for us to grow in imagination, understanding, knowledge, and experience, using our minds and hearts to respect difference, care for creation, work for peace, and advocate for the oppressed."  -REV. JENNIFER BROWNE

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What it means to be United Methodist

Disciple Making

We are dedicated to the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in the tradition of John Wesley.

Motown Mission Intern

For 22nd years young adults have been working as servant leaders through the Mission Intern Program and deepening their faith.

Belonging & Inclusion

All belong and will be loved in The UMC. All will be heard, respected and engaged. All will be free to develop their personal relationship with God and to serve fully in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Camp Beloved

A church that is working to dismantle racism, include all persons and where you're not expected to think like everyone else.

Influence, Connection and Impact

With millions of members across the globe, we are a powerful connection, living and sharing the grace of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are committed to work for global health, education, creation care, child welfare, disaster recovery and countless other efforts.

Jody Birmingham First

Judy Turner from First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, MI found a place and a way to make a positive difference for Jesus in Henderson KY.

Experiencing God through The UMC

We embrace a Church where we experience our triune God in personal and community relationships, transforming our own lives, the lives around us, and the entire world.

Pray during Lent

Because God is at work in our lives, at times we may ask the question: Did you choose faith or did your faith choose you?

Get #BeUMC resources

Click here to discover information materials from The UMC to use in your local church.

#Be United Methodist: Committed to grace

The Conference Leadership Council, the basic governance council of the Michigan Conference responsible for implementing the Conference’s vision, affirms the following values of mutual recognition in all matters of disaffiliation and separation, values recently articulated by the Council of Bishops:

● Agree not to actively disparage one another with our words and actions that seek to undermine the ministry of the other.

● Declare mutual recognition of Christ in the other as individuals as well as constituted churches and look for the fruit of God’s Spirit in the ministry and mission.

● Will faithfully and carefully exercise the disciplinary requirements of the sacraments, ministry, and mission.

We encourage Michigan United Methodists, whether they plan to stay or depart, to embrace and embody these values.

STATE OF THE United Methodist CHURCH