The Way Forward
In its early days, the Christian movement was known simply as the Way. Because of their unwavering faith in the life, atoning death, and resurrection of Jesus, these first believers banded together to proclaim the “way of the risen Christ” to one and all. Early leaders of the church like the Apostle Paul blew open the doors and welcomed in a diverse body of believers. This new family extended beyond the limits of the old nuclear family to include people from every race and walk of life. This passion for sharing the Gospel with the world has allowed the church to grow and flourish for 2,000 years now.
Today the United Methodist Church stands at a crossroads. Ongoing discussions over human sexuality have permeated our denomination’s conversations for the past four decades. As it is with any large diverse international body, we are not of one heart and mind. In an attempt to clarify and set a course for our future, the bishops of The United Methodist Church commissioned a 32-member panel “The Way Forward” in 2016 to study and report their findings to a special called session of the General Conference to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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