Option 1: Remain independent
If the congregation wishes to remain independent, there are two paths:
One choice is that we can be truly independent and not affiliate with any formal denomination.
A second choice is we can be “independent” and affiliate with the Association of Independent Methodists.
On a fundamental level, if we are to call ourselves a “Methodist” congregation, we should be affiliated with other similarly minded congregations. More practically, affiliation with a denomination will provide assurances to our staff that employee benefit matters will be taken care of. There is also a great value to be found in peer-to-peer relations for our congregation and our staff.
Option 2: Affiliate with another Methodist denomination
Our primary choices in this area are:
* Global Methodist Church
* Free Methodist Church
* Wesleyan Church
* Nazarene Church
* Congregational Methodist Church
In this video, Bishop Scott Jones discusses many of the options we have available:
Each of the above choices is summarized in the chart below, and more details can be found in the tabs below and the individual websites that are linked.
Please continue to ask God’s guidance during this period of decision. May God continue to bless the members and mission of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church.
Please continue to earnestly pray and seek the Lord in what you believe He would have us do. Search the scriptures.
Continue to be gracious to all. Let us seek to honor, respect, and be loving in all interactions throughout this decision period.