The Global Methodist Church

by Pastor Tom Anderson

Behold I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

Isaiah 43:19

The Global United Methodist Church is the name of the new Methodist denomination that will begin official operations as a church upon the passage of the Protocol of Reconciliation by Grace through Separation. The logo, transitional leadership team of bishops, laity and clergy and transitional book of Doctrine and Discipline are available online at

It’s estimated that 7 million members will join once it becomes a legal entity.

The mission statement of the Global Methodist Church reads: “Our Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly.”

The timeline for separation has been complicated by COVID-19 which forced a postponement of this summer’s planned General Conference until 2022. The Council of Bishops announced a special one-day “virtual General Conference” in May to address needed legislation to help the church function until 2022. It is possible that ⅔ of the delegates to the virtual meeting could call for a vote on implementing the Protocol for Separation, thus moving the timeline up.

Once the Protocol passes this year or next, a time of decision-making will come for Annual Conferences, local congregations and pastors. The choice will need to be made over membership in one of the two denominations: United Methodist or Global Methodist. There will also be a provision for congregations to become independent--although this option carries a price tag, the payment of pension liabilities from previous decades of pastoral service.

Here’s a chart I prepared of key differences between the two denominations:

The separation is a God-send. It allows for a graceful resolution to a painful dispute over fundamental differences