FUTURE AFFILIATION FOR CANTON FIRST UMC

This is a challenging and difficult time for The United Methodist Church. As a denomination we are in a season of transition and division; however, this is not unprecedented, nor does it have to be a time of strife. The scriptures record many examples of God’s people separating in amicable ways that result in healthier relationships and honor God. Our Wesleyan heritage is also filled with numerous examples of the people called Methodist who feel God calling them to a different path of ministry. 

In the current situation of the UMC, local congregations and pastors are faced with major decisions on whether to remain in the United Methodist Church, join the newly formed Global Methodist Church, become an independent church, or join another denomination. The options can be overwhelming!  However, if we the people of Canton First pray and discern together God’s calling of us, we will emerge from this struggle stronger than ever.

The role of the Governing Board is to provide objective and accurate information for you so that together we may prayerfully discern our future. We are finding that people on all sides of the denominational division are sometimes sharing misleading information so our hope is that the information on this website will help every member of Canton First to better understand the options.

Remain in the United Methodist Church
Go Independent or Join Another Denomination
Join the Global Methodist Church

How can you cut through the chaos and hear God’s voice? First, examine your own heart. Do you have a heart of peace or a heart of war? Second, be still and pray. Pray not only so that God hears your desires, but also listen to hear God’s voice. Also, study God’s Word and listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Next, listen to one another and have conversations around the hard questions. Seek wise counsel from your pastors and leaders. Do your homework. Be informed.

The Governing Board is conducting meetings for our members to provide additional opportunities for congregants to learn more about our future affiliation options, should our church vote to disaffiliate from the UMC, and to ask questions. The meetings are open for anyone in the congregation to attend. To register to attend please click here.


Church Family, please be in prayer for our church and our denomination.  Please pray for guidance and wisdom for our congregation, our staff, and our Governing Board members as we discern God’s plan and God’s path for Canton First. 

Congregation Letter | June 10, 2021
Congregation Letter | May 6, 2022
Congregation Letter | May 16, 2022
Congregation Letter | June 9, 2022
Congregation Letter | July 18, 2022

FAQ Future Affiliation


Video Resources | In support of Disaffiliation from the UMC

 Rob Renfroe, Pastor of Discipleship at The Woodlands UMC in Houston, Texas, created these videos to provide information about the division within the United Methodist Church.  Each video is about 15 minutes in length, and each video addresses specific topics currently being discussed relative to the division, such as our differences regarding the Bible and our differences regarding Jesus

Video 1 - Introduction 
Rev. Rob Renfroe explains the theological and spiritual issues surrounding the division within The United Methodist Church. This is the first video in the series.

Video 2 - The Bible 
Rev. Rob Renfroe explains how divergent views about the Bible creates division within The United Methodist Church. This is the second video in the series. It is important to watch video 1 to gain a context for this video.

Video 3 - Jesus 
Rev. Rob Renfroe explains how differing views about Jesus creates division within The United Methodist Church. This is the third video in the series. It is important to watch video 1 to gain a context for this video.

Video 4 – Human Sexuality 
Rev. Rob Renfroe explains how United Methodism's departure from traditional views on marriage and sexuality has created division within The United Methodist Church. This is the fourth video in the series. It is important to watch video 1 to gain a context for this video.

Video 5 – Time to Go   
Rev. Rob Renfroe explains why it is time for traditionalists to leave The United Methodist Church. This is the fifth video in the series. It is important to watch video 1 to gain a context for this video.

Video 6 - Where Should We Go?  
Rev. Rob Renfroe makes the case for moving from the The United Methodist Church to the Global Methodist Church. This is the sixth video in the series. It is important to watch video 1 to gain a context for this video.


Rev. Kenny Ott, Lead Pastor
 

Rev. Kelly Beckley, Executive Pastor
 

Susan Dreschel, Governing Board Chair

Dave Sullivan, Lay Leader

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