Nashville, Tennessee: The Connectional Table, while meeting in Nashville, voted to adopt principles to aid United Methodists in discerning plans when shaping and guiding the mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.
“Because of the worldwide nature of our denomination, we have many views of who we are, who we are to be in God’s eyes and how we collectively achieve those aspirations,” the document stated.
“By adopting these concepts of discernment, we are asking people to understand that there are matters in the works that require patience,” said Fred Brewington, leader of the Connectional Table writing team that wrote the principles document.
There are many formal and informal proposals addressing different aspects of the future structure, organization, relationships and processes requiring principles to assist the church as it discusses, approaches, engages and makes decisions . While the Connectional Table neither adopts or endorses any of the proposals, the Connectional Table affirms principles to assist the church in the process of making decisions for the future, the document stated.
The adopted principles include:
About the Connectional Table
The Connectional Table oversees the coordination of mission, ministries and resources across the denomination. Created at the 2004 General Conference, the Connectional Table was formed to serve as both the visioning body of the church and the steward of resources to carry out the vision of the denomination worldwide.