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A new theologically conservative denomination, the Global Methodist Church, is launching on May 1. What does that mean for United Methodists? Original church by Adam Morse, courtesy of Unsplash; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

What happens when a new denomination launches?

The Global Methodist Church, a theologically conservative breakaway denomination, has set May 1 as its official start date. However, it will take time for any potential separations from The United Methodist Church to take place.
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The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence. Photo by Todd W. Lawrence.

The church is splintering, not splitting

Framing the denomination’s situation as a “split” suggests the church is dividing into two groups. In reality, churches are instead splintering in a variety of directions.
Pastor Tim Jackson serves Holy Communion at Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Knoxville church banks on outreach

Magnolia Avenue United Methodist focuses on community outreach as its new pastor fights to revive the once-thriving church, which shut down after its building was condemned.
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Meeting at church shut to district leader, wife

The Wesleyan Covenant Association Florida Chapter met at one of the churches the district superintendent supervises, but turned him and his wife away, saying the discussion was only for those planning to leave The United Methodist Church.

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