Like many other churches in North Alabama, the leadership of Sylacauga First chose to enter a period of discernment regarding what and who God is calling our church to be. The information provided below offers general information regarding the process that was used in Sylacauga First's discernment journey.
The Discernment Team would like to know your thoughts.
The discernment team members are listed here:
Jerry Fielding Bonita Powell
Tonya Henderson Raymond Styres
Lynn Hodges Carla Taylor
Beckham Jones Crystal Walker
Dee Dee Mathews
Please thank the discernment team for their hard work and time.
If you have questions, comments, or input you may contact any member of the discernment team, or you may email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to submit questions, comments, or input anonymously, click here:
On Friday, February 17th, the Discernment Team hosted two guest speakers: Rev. John Hill offered a presentation representing the Global Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Steve West offered a presentation representing the United Methodist Church. If you missed the speakers, you may watch the event on the live stream both here and on the Facebook page.
On Wednesday, February 1st, we viewed video #2 (Our Differences Regarding the Bible) & video #5 (Why it’s Time for Traditionalists to Leave) from Rob Renfroe, as well as the rebuttal videos (Love of Scripture & A Future with Hope) from Adam Hamilton. If you missed this session and would like to see the videos, you can search for them on the internet. The viewing of these videos is not intended to change anyone’s mind or incite frustration. The intent is to offer alternate viewpoints that might otherwise go unheard if we fail to venture beyond our typical circles of influence and information.
2019 General Conference Homosexuality
Questions & Answers 1 (1/29)
Questions & Answers 2
Questions & Answers 3
Position Paper on Human Sexuality 1: Rev. Dale Cohen, used by permission
Position Paper on Human Sexuality 2: Rev. Dale Cohen, used by permission
Position Paper on Human Sexuality 3: Rev. Dale Cohen, used by permission
Jan. 29 Congregation Update Mentimeter poll results
How would you describe Sylacauga First UMC?
Where are we?
Which best describes you?
Discernment Journey Result:
The Administrative Board met Monday, February 20, 2023. The discernment team presented to the board the following recommendation:
The discernment team recommends to the administrative board that Sylacauga First United Methodist Church proceed with the scheduled church conference which is set for March 9, 2023, at 6:00 pm, so that all church members may have a voice.
A motion was made to accept this recommendation. A majority vote to accept the motion was not reached; therefore, the motion did not pass.
At this time, there will be no congregational vote to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church using paragraph 2553.