In 2016, The General Conference asked the bishops to provide spiritual leadership. In response, the Council of Bishops formed The Commission on a Way Forward. The commission produced three plans and in May 2018 an overwhelming majority of bishops endorsed “The One Church Plan” as the best way to move the denomination forward. In an effort to provide information to members of the local church and prepare delegates for the work of the Special Called General Conference a new website has been created as an informational and resource point: www.onechurchplan.org
The site is populated with content from bishops who support “The One Church Plan” The bishops maintain their commitment to their consecration vows to guard the faith and the unity of the church. They continue to focus their leadership borrowing the words from the Vision, Mission, and Scope that has guided their work through these two years: To multiply the United Methodist witness in as many places in the world as possibly while maintaining as much unity as possible.
We join you in prayer for the future of the church. As a United Methodist connection across the world, let us continue to “make every effort to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4. 3)!
Bishop Ken Carter
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson