UMC Process

Throughout its history in America, the Methodist Church has been marked by differing thoughts which have resulted in separations as well as unifications more frequently than probably most of us realize. This has been the result of well-intentioned peoples seeking to govern a church body that is vibrant and growing. Over the years, some of the differing opinions have been in regards to slavery, women’s’ rights, morality, spirituality, and church governance. Differences have existed before and will in the future. Each person and congregation must work to seek God and pursue His Word and Truth to make their way through these changes. What we as Methodists are navigating now is not unlike things we have encountered before.

To help you in your research, reflection, and discernment, here is a list of additional resources pertaining to the history of Methodism in America.

     • A Brief History of the people of the United Methodist Church
     • History of Methodism in the United States
More information:
  • The United Methodist Church, by Rev. Rob Renfroe of Good News

Rob Renfroe of Good News shares thoughts about the United Methodist Church. Watching the videos in progression will give you a historical look of the United Methodist Church. Length of the videos are 12 to 17 minutes long.

Since 1967, Good News has been the classical evangelical witness and ministry for renewal and reform within The United Methodist Church. The mission of Good News is to lead all people within the United Methodist Church to the faithful and vibrant practice of orthodox Wesleyan Christianity.


After prayers, opening remarks, our vote, and a hymn sung together as a congregation, the District Superintendent, James Wilson II, informed us that Sidney First Church voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. In the next few weeks, the Pastors and leadership will be sharing information about our desire to remain connected to a Wesleyan Methodist denomination, with the Global Methodist Church (GMC) being the most likely denomination.
Please watch for additional information explaining details about the GMC and the timing. We will be as Jesus calls us to be—the same welcoming, loving, mission-focused congregation we have always been. As we step out in faith, we are confident that our Sidney First Church members and friends will be supportive as God reveals His plan for our future.
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