Disaffiliation Discernment Process at Asbury Church

Please be sure you have these important dates marked on your calendar and have read all available information.

Your Asbury Church Leadership Board has been working hard since May to provide as much information and discernment time as possible to give the entire congregation the resources and space to decide the future pathway of Asbury Church. 

 

Please know your Leadership Board is available to continue discussions and answer questions. You can reach out to John Griffin and Roy Bruce at leadershipboard@asburyraleigh.org 

Step One: Be In Prayer

You are invited to join in the churchwide prayer vigil this weekend to pray over Asbury before the information sessions and discernment season officially starts. 

 

Churchwide 24 Hour Prayer Vigil

6pm Friday Sept 23 to 6pm Saturday Sept 24

Sign up for at least one 30-minute slot to pray for Asbury Church as we discern the future of our church.

 

Watch your eBulletin for additional prayer opportunities closer to the voting day.

Step One: Be Informed

Schedule for Information Sessions with Question and Answer Time

September 25 at 2pm

October 5th at 6:30pm

 

Replay of the Presentation (without Q&A) October 9th at 4pm and will be available online (technology willing)

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This document comes from the Leadership Board and seeks to address frequently asked questions that have been asked by Asbury Church members concerning the October 16 church conference vote on disaffiliation of Asbury from the United Methodist Church. Please know that this document seeks to be complete but does not cover the entirety of the issues at hand. This document is not meant to stand on its own, but instead to compliment and prepare you for one of the in person information sessions. Please plan to attend one of the sessions to get a fuller picture of the matters facing the Methodist Church.

 

Click here to download the full FAQ Document

 

 

Links and Resources for consideration:  

The NC Conference Information Hub on Disaffiliation https://nccumc.org/disaffiliation

The NC Conference Information on #BeUMC https://nccumc.org/beumc/ 

United Methodist Church’s Statement of Beliefs https://www.umc.org/en/who-we-are/what-we-believe 

Global Methodist Church’s Beliefs https://globalmethodist.org/about/ 

UMC Next Task Force https://umcnext.com/ 

Liberation Methodist Connexion https://www.thelmx.org

Step Three: Be Present to Vote

We encourage every member of Asbury to attend one information session and to be present in person on Sunday, October 16th for the congregational vote that will decide the future direction of Asbury Church. Members must be physically present in order to vote by secret ballot for the called charge conference. If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please email Wendy in the church office at wendy@asburyraleigh.org

 

The vote on October 16th is run by conference officials, not Asbury Church. Unlike what you may experience on a national election day, this is not a pop in/pop out to vote. This is a “Called Church Conference” with processes given to us by the United Methodist Church. Asbury must follow the process and cannot change or adjust the order of the day or how ballots are distributed or collected. Only professing members are permitted to enter the North Building to vote. Membership will be checked at the door prior to admission and in order to receive a ballot. Please plan to arrive early. Check-in will begin at 1:30pm and doors will close promptly at 2:10pm. We cannot allow late entry. Childcare will be provided. Please plan to be on campus at least an hour for the voting process.

 

The vote requires 2/3 or more of the votes cast on October 16 to affirm disaffiliation. Ballots will be tabulated immediately onstage by selected church and conference representatives and results will be announced in the room. We cannot adjust membership status on the day of the vote. 

 

Asbury Leadership Board

Meet the Leadership

Asbury Church operates on a "one board" model where all of the church happenings are centralized for effectiveness and efficiency.  Leadership board can be emailed at leadershipboard@asburyraleigh.org

Monthly Meetings

The Leadership Board generally meets on the 4th Tuesday of Each Month at 6:30pm.  Board Meetings are open to anyone in the congregation, unless confidential in nature.  Meeting details are shared in our weekly eBulletin or contact the Church Office.

Leadership Board Update

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 General Conference in the UMC, the formation of the Global Methodist Church, and information received from Bishop Leonard Fairley, the Asbury Leadership Board has decided it would be in the best interest of our church family to hear a presentation on the two pathways of Methodism, their impact on the future of Asbury Church and to inform you of the conference’s approval of a called church-wide charge conference for Members of Asbury Church to vote on remaining a United Methodist Church or disaffiliation from the UMC to align with the Global Methodist Church. 

 

The Asbury Leadership Board has approved the following schedule for the information sessions and congregational vote.  We encourage every member of Asbury to attend one information session and to be present in person on Sunday, October 16th for the congregational vote that will decide the future direction of Asbury Church.  Members must be physically present in order to vote by secret ballot for the called charge conference.  If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please email Wendy in the church office at wendy@asburyraleigh.org.


 

Schedule for Information Sessions with Question and Answer Time

  • September 25 at 2pm
  • October 5th at 6:30pm

Replay of the Presentation (without Q&A) October 9th at 4pm
 

Voting Session for Asbury Members is Sunday, October 16th at 2pm

 

Links and Resources for consideration:  

The NC Conference Information Hub on Disaffiliation https://nccumc.org/disaffiliation

The NC Conference Information on #BeUMC https://nccumc.org/beumc/ 

United Methodist Church’s Statement of Beliefs https://www.umc.org/en/who-we-are/what-we-believe 

Global Methodist Church’s Beliefs https://globalmethodist.org/about/ 

UMC Next Task Force https://umcnext.com/ 

Liberation Methodist Connexion https://www.thelmx.org

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This document comes from the Leadership Board and seeks to address frequently asked questions that have been asked by Asbury Church members concerning the October 16 church conference vote on disaffiliation of Asbury from the United Methodist Church. Please know that this document seeks to be complete but does not cover the entirety of the issues at hand.  This document is not meant to stand on its own, but instead to compliment and prepare you for one of the in person information sessions.  Please plan to attend one of the sessions to get a fuller picture of the matters facing the Methodist Church. Information Sessions are open to all and will be led by Rev. Gil Wise on September 25 at 2pm and October 5th at 6:30pm with a time for questions and answers, and a replay of the presentation (without Q&A) will be available online and played on campus on October 9th at 4pm.  Please know your Leadership Board is available to continue discussions and answer questions. You can reach out to John Griffin and Roy Bruce at leadershipboard@asburyraleigh.org 

 

Click here to download the full FAQ Document

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