U.S. Annual Conferences Can’t Just Leave the United Methodist Church, Rules Top Court

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From CHURCHLEADERS:

(RNS) — No, an annual conference in the United States can’t just up and leave the United Methodist Church. At least not yet.

While the denomination’s Book of Discipline has provisions for individual churches wishing to leave the United Methodist Church with their properties, there’s nothing within church law that would allow an annual conference — one of the United Methodist Church’s 53 regional networks of churches and ministries within the United States — to do the same, according to the denomination’s Judicial Council.

US Annual Conferences Can’t Just Leave the United Methodist Church, Rules Top Court

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