June 8, 2022
Contact: Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, 202.332.4010
Contact: Rev. Jasmine R. Smothers, 404.524.6614


Out of a spirit of transparency, trust, and accountability, members of the mediation team have reached out to the organizations that initially supported the Protocol Agreement, General Conference delegates, and others within our broad constituencies. The overwhelming consensus among those with whom we spoke is that the once-promising Protocol Agreement no longer offers a viable path forward, particularly given the long delays, the changing circumstances within the United Methodist Church, and the formal launch of the Global Methodist Church in May of this year.”

Click the link to read the whole statement. Those who support this statement are invited to sign it.

Four Commitments of UMCNext

We believe these commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:

We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.

We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.

We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.

UMC Next Updates

A Broad, Mediated Agreement for Separation

A Broad, Mediated Agreement for Separation

Today an announcement was made about a plan of separation developed in consultation with a professional mediator and representatives of centrists, conservatives and progressives in the denomination, led by bishops both from outside and inside the US. The plan allows...

Tools to Share the UMCNext Mission and Commitments

Tools to Share the UMCNext Mission and Commitments

Download a Powerpoint presentation and script that can be used by delegations, annual conferences and congregations to help explain the Next Generation UMC legislation and other legislative proposals that support the four commitments of UMCNext.” Next Generation UMC...

Constructing the Next Generation United Methodist Church

Constructing the Next Generation United Methodist Church

The Next Generation UMC Plan is sponsored by UMCNext and others. It consists of multiple petitions that have been submitted in accordance with the requirements of the Commission on the General Conference for consideration at the next session of General Conference in...

UMCNext Convening Team

Media Contacts

Cathy Bien
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