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

Next Generation UMC Essentials

Next Generation UMC Essentials

The Next Generation UMC Plan envisions a continuing and renewed United Methodist Church that: Welcomes everyone into full participation in the life and ministries of the church.Relentlessly focuses on making disciples of Jesus Christ.Equips persons to live as salt and...

UMCNext Gathering Videos

Watch these short interviews with leaders and participants in the #UMCNext gathering at Church of the Resurrection in May 2019. Rev. Adam Hamilton on Day Two of UMCNext....

UMCNext Convening Team

Media Contacts

Cathy Bien
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