Judicial Council Decision 1449

On August 22, 2022, the Judicial Council issued decision 1449, a ruling that clarifies the process for disaffiliation of local churches. The closing sentences of the digest reads, " The General Conference enacted ¶ 2553 with the intent that the process set forth therein be used for the stated purpose of “Disaffiliation of Local Churches Over Issues Related to Human Sexuality.” Therefore, the process in ¶ 2548.2 may not be used as a pathway for local churches to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church."    .

Read full decision here: J.C. Decision 1449

Judicial Council Memorandum 1446

On June 1, 2022, the Judicial Council issued a modification of Judicial Council Decision 1445 through Memorandum 1446, clarifying that January 1, 2023 shall be the effective date of: (1) assignment for all bishops, newly elected bishops and active bishops already serving in the jurisdictions, and (2) mandatory retirement for bishops whose sixty-eighth birthday has been reached on or before July 1, 2020. This speaks to those bishops whose anticipated retirement date of August 31, 2024 (including our own resident bishop, Scott J. Jones) will not be affected by the off-schedule Jurisdictional Conference.

Read full memorandum here: J.C. Memorandum 1446

Judicial Council Decision 1445

On May 20, 2022, the Judicial Council issued decision 1445, a ruling that states the Council of Bishops do have the authority to call a regular session of the Jurisdictional Conference for the election and assignment of new bishops for the limited purpose of effectuating the continuance of an episcopacy in the United Methodist Church. The Council of Bishops has set the dates of the next Jurisdictional Conference for November 2-5, 2022. The South Central Jurisdictional Conference (which includes the Texas Annual Conference) will be held at the Westchase Campus of First United Methodist Church of Houston.

Read full decision here: J.C. Decision 1445

Judicial Council Decision 1444

On May 10, the Judicial Council issued decision number 1444, a ruling that states annual conferences will not be allowed to separate from the UMC unless the process is approved by General Conference. The decision does allow local churches to separate and join the GMC if they go through the local church disaffiliation process, which requires a discernment process in which the church’s leaders will collaborate with the local district superintendent.

Read full decision here: J.C. Decision 1444