We will provide updates and answer questions as we proceed through the disaffiliation process. Please let us know as you have questions (que[email protected]) regarding the process and our status.
- A Special Church Conference is called for March 19th at 11:45 AM for the sole purpose of legally changing the church name from “Aldersgate United Methodist Church” to “Aldersgate Church”. With the Growing Effective Churches Process, we started using “Aldersgate Church”, but it was not legally changed at that time. This update is necessary to complete the disaffiliation process.
- Except for the legal name change on March 19th, all of the other information that is required will be submitted to our attorney by March 17th. The attorney will then submit everything to the Annual Conference the week of March 20th , ahead of the March 31 st deadline. This will complete all of the requirements.
- We have been approved for a Line of Credit to cover the disaffiliation costs. This has been submitted to the Annual Conference. This completes the work required prior to the vote at Annual Conference in May.
Here’s how you can help!
There are a couple of areas we need people to help with for the next 3–6 months. Some are directly related to the disaffiliation process and others are related to the on-going life of our church. Please email [email protected] if you can help.
Membership Team – TEAM STAFFED & UNDERWAY
the path & requirements for membership are outlined in the Discipline. We need a small team to create the associated materials and help us through the process.
Networking Team – TEAM STAFFED & UNDERWAY
connect with other churches in our situation to share best practices and to learn what is effective/ineffective for Independent churches. This would be similar to what the Worship Evaluation Team did to understand different worship experiences during Growing Effective Churches.
build on current practices and assure we continue to do a great job with guests that are joining us for worship and events.
Events/Fellowship – LEADER IN PLACE, ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
there are a number of great events planned for 2023. We need a few people to help with planning and coordination of the events.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):
When will the disaffiliation be official?
It becomes official when approved at the annual conference at meeting on 5/18 – 20
Will our name change?
No, we will continue to be called Aldersgate Church.
What if I want to remain UMC?
Your membership would need to be transferred to a church that will remain with the UMC by May 18th. Please contact the church office to pursue.
Have questions? Please email [email protected].