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The effort towards a new Book of Discipline was birthed from a profound love for God and the church, and a deep concern that the legislation being submitted to the 2020 General Conference Session being held in Minneapolis, MN is primarily focused on how to divide the denomination rather than providing a clear path to strengthen the global witness and ministry of the United Methodist Church (UMC).
A group of UMC leaders came together because they know a large majority of United Methodists around the world do not want to divide. Even in the midst of our differences, most people feel United Methodists are stronger together, and that we should remain as one denomination working to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The group also recognized that our church needs renewal and that changing a couple of disciplinary paragraphs would not resolve our impasse, renew our mission, or help our congregations to thrive.
In that spirit, a diverse team of conference and district lay leaders, general and jurisdictional conference delegates, cabinet members, jurisdictional leaders and bishops began to prayerfully envision a new future, one that we call The Connection.
The primary purpose of The Connection is to make it easier for congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and to help all United Methodists stay on a Wesleyan Path.
The team has received this work as a gift from God and offers it humbly as a gift to the church. As word has spread, we have received input from people of other conferences, lay members and clergy from around the world who deeply care about the future of the United Methodist Church.
We invite you to join this movement of renewal by reviewing the work we have done and offering your own feedback and comments.
The Connection is in draft. Your voice and input are important for this document to move forward to the 2020 General Conference. We want your feedback, suggestions and comments so that we can build on the foundation that is laid out on these pages, and together, guided by the Spirit, continue to witness to the healing love of God around the world.
Thank you for your commitment to our United Methodist Church.
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