Judicial Council Ruling
Judicial Council rules on the Traditional Plan & Exit Plan
April 26, 2019
We received clarity at the Special General Conference, and we have received clarity again after the Judicial Council deliberated the constitutionality of the amendments to strengthen the Traditional Plan and decide on the constitutionality of the Exit Plan. Both were approved as constitutional.
What does this mean?
The United Methodist Church continues to identify as a global, orthodox church that affirms the sacred worth of all people as well as scriptural authority and holiness.
As we have been saying the last two years, nothing has changed at Christ Church.
We continue to be the church we have always been in the city. Our love for Jesus Christ is reflected in our love for all people throughout Memphis and the ends of the earth.
On April 26 more than 1,200 people gathered on campus for the city-wide Memphis Joy Prom hosted by Christ Church and eight other partnered churches. On April 27 we worked alongside World Relief Memphis and 10 other churches supporting 16 teams from 16 nations to host the Cup of Nations Soccer Tournament for our international neighbors who relocated to Memphis.
These are just two of the ways we live out our mission to glorify God as we make, mature and mobilize disciples by loving Jesus and loving like Jesus in the world.
A letter from the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s President to the Regional Presidents of the WCA
Regional Chapter Leaders,
I am pleased to share with you that the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church issued two significant decisions today.
In Decision 1378, the Council held that a significant portion of the Traditional Plan is constitutional and that that portion is severable from those portions that were previously determined to be unconstitutional. Thus the constitutional portions will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
In Decision 1379, the Council held that the legislation adopted providing a pathway for local churches to exit from the UM Church with their property upon satisfying several steps is constitutional. This pathway is immediately available to churches.
I will be providing more in-depth analysis in the very near future.
Keith Boyette, President
Wesleyan Covenant Association