Information about the Discernment Process

On May 9, 2023, the church counsel voted to enter our church into a period of discernment regarding leaving the United Methodist Church. This process must last a minimum of 30 days, but is currently planned to last until August of this year. It will culminate in a churchwide vote to either separate or stay within the UMC. Information regarding this process and links to additional information, questions/answers, and videos will be listed below. There is also information on why some churches are leaving the UMC and why others are choosing to stay. You are asked to review these resources and ask questions so we can all be informed to make the best decision for St. John's.

The committee's goal is to protect St. John's and "do no harm" as quoted by John Wesley.

Upcoming Church Meetings

  • Wed. May  24th 2023 : "Town Hall" meeting at 4pm in the Faith Center (optional dinner at 5pm in Ward Hall)
  • Wed. May  31th 2023 : "Town Hall" meeting at 6pm in the Faith Center
  • June 4th -7th : Annual Conference. We are planning to send a report out daily about what is discussed during the conference
  • Sun.  June 11th : Report from Annual Conference  at 3pm in the Sanctuary
  • Additional "Town Halls"  after the annual conference TBD 
  • July 19th: Church Conference Meeting (Required by the Protocol) 
  • Our August 20th vote has been postponed until January 2024. Date  to be set by our District Superintendent.

Click Here to Read the Official Church Separation Process Document


By clicking on the boxes below, you will be able to view videos from our ministers and discernment committee members as they share their thoughts about the current state of the UMC.

On June 11, 2023, the Lay Leadership that attended the 2023 SC Annual Conference , held a meeting to share their report from Annual Conference. Please click on the green boxes below to view the video from this meeting. We recommend that you download a copy of the JUNE 11, 2023 HANDOUT to follow while viewing the second video, as Rev. Dr. Tim McClendon goes through this handout
line by line, as he gives his report. 

Additional Video References