Mt. Bethel UMC – Petition Against the Replacement of Our Senior Minister
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We the undersigned join with the Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee and its Administrative Council in informing you that our church is not in a position to receive a new senior minister.
We are just returning to in-person worship after a post COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown that has deeply impacted this community and the entire world. In addition, it is no secret these are very fragile times for our denomination. United Methodists around the world are awaiting a vote on the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, a plan that would provide for an amicable and orderly division of the United Methodist Church. And in the spirit of that Protocol, people of theologically diverse opinions and goodwill are striving hard not to disrupt the mission and ministries of those with whom they disagree. We, the people of Mt. Bethel UMC, are honoring that spirit in word and deed.
So, in light of the challenges of the pandemic and in anticipation of an orderly and amicable separation of the United Methodist Church, we feel strongly that this is not the time for disruptive change in the senior leadership of our church. Such a change would adversely impact our church, the over 300 people employed at Mt. Bethel UMC and Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, and the community we serve.
Therefore, we the undersigned, respectfully inform you that Mt. Bethel UMC is not in a position to receive a new senior minister.
Members and friends of Mt. Bethel UMC, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy, and the wider Mt. Bethel community