There are many things God is doing in our midst. He is good and gracious.
Over the past months, a Discernment Team has been formed to gather information on the changes in the United Methodist Church (UMC). This committee was formed by your Administrative Council. Our purpose is to objectively gather as much information as possible about the relevant issues and to disseminate that information to the congregation, so that (when called upon) the congregation can be equipped to make an informed decision about whether to remain a member of the UMC denomination. We will also carefully discern what alternatives may be available for Rocky Mount Church in the future.
Any vote taken about the future of our church will be from the members of Rocky Mount Church and not this team.
Your Discernment Team has spent countless hours in study and prayer regarding the future affiliation of Rocky Mount Church. During the last week of December, the team recommended to our Administrative Council that Rocky Mount Church pursue disaffiliation from the denomination. The Council, our elected leadership, then voted unanimously to begin the process. Informative Town Hall sessions will be held and our District Superintendent will schedule a Church Meeting at Rocky Mount Church. Following these meetings and after required information is sent in, a Church Conference will be held to allow our members to vote on disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. The Wesleyan principles have always been and will always be a part of our core. Unfortunately, it seems that the United Methodist denomination is no longer a good fit for Rocky Mount Church.
Here are some of the primary reasons we believe this to be true:
We believe in Scripture and that it is God-breathed and authoritative.
We believe that Jesus is the divine Son of God and is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
We believe in the Book of Discipline (BOD), based on John Wesley’s principles.
The Administrative Council unanimously voted to explore disaffiliation from the UMC under ¶2553 as the first step in the process. The Administrative Council vote did not determine that Rocky Mount Church will disaffiliate. The members of the church will have an official vote on this at a date to be determined to decide if Rocky Mount Church will disaffiliate.
As a reminder, Any vote taken about the future of our church will be from the members of Rocky Mount Church and not this team. We encourage our Rocky Mount Church family to do their own research on these issues.
We ask that you be in prayer for the discernment for our church. Current information on the issue and process will be available on our website, rockymountchurch.com/discernment. We welcome and encourage open dialogue with team members. Questions can also be directed to email@example.com.
This information is not meant to stand on its own, but to compliment and prepare you for one of the in-person Town Hall meetings. Please plan to attend one of the sessions to get a full picture of the matters facing the United Methodist Church. At each session, there will be a time for questions.
The Discernment Team has been formed to gather information on the changes in the United Methodist Church (UMC). This committee was formed by your Administrative Council. The purpose is to objectively gather as much information as possible about the relevant issues and to disseminate that information to the congregation, so that the congregation can be equipped to make an informed decision about whether to remain a member of the UMC denomination. We will also carefully discern what alternatives may be available for Rocky Mount Church in the future.
The team members are: Dr. Alisa Nance, Debby Dennis, Bill Freshwater, Kevin Thompson, Chris King, Elsie Roberson, Gary Glase, Dr. Mark Langner and Pete Herrick.
Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and can be directed to a team member.
Pray for wisdom and that we as a church are acting in accordance with the will of God. Treat each other and our Pastors with charity and grace. Get informed about the issues. Attend a Town Hall meeting. The discernment team is trying to help, but it will take some time to research the issues thoroughly. Don’t believe everything you read on social media or in the secular media. Search for facts from reliable sources. Speak with a discernment team member or email email@example.com if you have issues that you would like us to research. Prayerfully decide how you feel about the issues, so that when a church vote occurs, you will be prepared.
Those who joined Rocky Mount Church via transfer, profession of faith, or confirmation are considered professing members. We cannot adjust membership status on the day of the vote, so please confirm with the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-528-5525) if you are unsure.
Please join us at one of two upcoming Town Hall meetings to discuss the disaffiliation of Rocky Mount Church from the United Methodist Church. The Rocky Mount Church Discernment Team has spent countless hours in study and prayer and are prepared to share their findings. The meetings will be:
Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30PM
Sunday, February 5 at 2:00PM
Each meeting will be in the sanctuary for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and will have time reserved for Q&A. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com. Childcare will be provided.
Please continue to check back as more information will be available throughout the process.