Chancellors issue restructuring caution

United Methodist chancellors released a statement April 23 urging General Conference delegates to seriously consider liability and tax risk in reconfiguring the denomination’s general agencies.

The United Methodist Church Conference Chancellors Association (UMC3) examined the Call to Action legislation submitted by the Connectional Table as well as the alternative proposed by the Methodist Federation for Social Action, an unofficial caucus.

The group states that the plans “do not clearly address joint liability issues or the loss of the current IRS denomination-wide group tax exemption ruling arising from the collapse, merger or dissolution of current general boards and agencies.”

Chancellors serve as legal counsel to United Methodist bishops, annual (regional) conferences and affiliated agencies and organizations. They adopted their statement at a meeting April 14 at Epworth-by-the-Sea in St. Simons Island, Ga. Their statement echoes concerns raised by the General Council on Finance and Administration, the denomination’s finance agency, regarding restructuring.

Sign up for our newsletter!

umnews-subscriptions
General Conference
Chart summarizes and compares proposals to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Comparing plans headed to GC2020

This chart summarizes and compares proposals to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. The chart does not include plans from individuals and may be updated after all legislation is published.
General Conference
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter speaks during an oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Evanston, Ill. Carter is president of the denomination's Council of Bishops. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church exit plan already in effect, court says

But the United Methodist Judicial Council has no ruling on Traditional Plan questions from bishops.
General Conference
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, discusses his ideas for the interim time as the church works toward its future. He proposes a moratorium on the complaint process related to LGBTQ infractions alongside a loosening of the trust clause. Video image courtesy of UM News.

Bishop suggests hold on trials, trust clause

The Council of Bishops president proposes coupling a pause in church trials related to LGBTQ restrictions and a relaxation of the denomination’s trust clause.