Please let us know as you have questions (que[email protected]) regarding the process and our status.
- The Susquehanna Annual Conference has called a special session on May 17. The sole purpose of the special session is to vote on the churches that have applied for disaffiliation. The regular session of the Annual Conference will proceed as planned, May 18 – 20.
- All of the information and work required for The Disaffiliation Process has been completed and submitted to the Annual Conference. This was finalized one (1) week ahead of the March 31 deadline.
- The search for a Lead Pastor is underway. Additional information will be provided in the next update.
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. Recommendations are being discussed with MRT.
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 5/17.
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 17th. Please contact the church office to pursue.
Have questions? Please email [email protected].