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DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION | 2022

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:18-19

Due to the ongoing division taking place in the greater United Methodist denomination, First Methodist Alvin must choose a future affiliation based on core values and theological beliefs.

Pastors, lay leaders and members of the church are entering into a season of denominational discernment in preparation for a churchwide vote. Standing at the crossroads of change, the congregation of First Methodist is reflecting 140 years of ministry rooted in traditional Wesleyan Christianity. Even greater, this community is seeking God’s leading and provision to boldly advance in a new era of ministry.

There are many details to consider as the church moves forward in faith. Join us by following the steps below.

DISCERNMENT PATHWAY

PRAY

Discernment begins with listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Begin a new daily rhythm with 40 Days of Prayer

LEARN

Denominational discernment. Those are big words to describe an important decision. Seek first to understand. 

ALIGN

Theological differences are the core reason for division within the greater UMC denomination. Contrast and compare basic Christian beliefs here. 

DECIDE

Respectful dialogue is part of healthy decision-making. Attend a planned discussion forum and make plans to vote.

FORTY DAY DEVOTIONAL

Articles

How Did We Get Here?

The United Methodist Church has never been truly united. For decades, church leaders have been distracted and depleted by disagreement regarding Christology, biblical authority and interpretation, sexual ethics, and the definition of marriage. Where practices deviated from church doctrine as outlined in the Book of Discipline, the denomination has suffered from a lack of accountability and enforcement. 

Where Do We Go From Here?

First Methodist Alvin  joins more than 100 congregations in the Texas Annual Conference in discerning a new future outside The United Methodist Church. Each church must choose a discernment pathway that best reflects its theological beliefs, core values and Christian mission in the world. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MEDIA

Gain perspective with this collection of videos featuring other pastors and lay leaders in the Methodist Church. New media will be added, so check back for new additions to this library of resources.