Discerning Our Future As Salem Church

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Dear Salem Church Family,


As many of you know, there has been an ongoing debate for many years in The United Methodist Church (UMC) regarding issues of sexuality and ordination. 


After months of discussion, and prayer, the Leadership Team has decided to begin the discernment process regarding disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. Entering into discernment means our church will be given the opportunity to make an informed decision whether to remain affiliated with or to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church.

We did not take this decision lightly and we understand that our congregation will have differing ideas about disaffiliating. Over the coming months, we will follow a thoughtful and prayerful process to help you make an informed decision leading to a vote by Professing Members only - a "yes" to disaffiliate or a "no" to remain with the UMC. To disaffiliate, two-thirds of those present must vote yes. This is an in-person vote.

For more information please refer to the information below or contact Pastor Blair

Discerning Our Future Resources

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Below you will find the Discernment Process Resources and Other Extras

  • Click the link to access the PowerPoint from our Information Session on Disaffiliation with our District Superintendent.   

    Information Session PowerPoint

  • Thank you for taking the time to watch the webinar.  The webinar feature panelists from UMNext and the Wesleyan Covenant Association. The webinar is 1hr and 25 minutes long were the discuss the similarity and differences of the two. Click the link below to watch the webinar once finish watching the webinar please click the submit button on the page.

    Stay or Go Webinar

  • If you wish to purchase a copy of the book -  Living Faithfully

    Week One - Chapter OnePowerPoint Outline             

    Week Two - Chapter TwoPowerPoint Outline

    Week Three - Chapter ThreePowerPoint Outline

    Week Four - Chapter FourPowerPoint Outline

  • Pastor Blair add this to the Discernment Process. He wants the church to be informed of some of the difference between staying UMC verses disaffiliation.

    Link to Chat & Chew overview video

  • Click the link to access the letter that have been mailed from the church

    JANUARY 2023 - The letter has the updated dates for our Discernment Process

    NOVEMBER 2022   The dates for the Discernment Process in this letter has changed, please refer to the January 2023 letter for the new dates.

    July 2022

  • 1. The United Methodist Church Split (2023) - This is a YouTube video from Ready to Harvest. 

    This was one of the most balanced and thorough presentations on this issue.

    The channel reports on Christian Denominations. The Creator of the channel spends hours researching and presents just the facts without adding their own thoughts or opinions. 

    2. Documentary the D.S. mentioned: Such Were Some of You

    A 2-hour documentary featuring scholars, ministers and dozens of testimonies of former homosexuals telling the story of how Jesus Christ can transform anyone with this struggle who comes to Him in repentance and faith.