A Special Session of the Annual Conference of the Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church is called to be held within the bounds of the Conference on Saturday, April 22, 2023 starting at 10:00 am EDT
. The specific location will be announced once it is finalized. Clergy and laity who were voting members at the June 2022 Annual Conference are also voting members at the Special Session of the Annual Conference.
The purpose of the called Special Session of the Annual Conference will be to process qualified requests for disaffiliation under ¶2553 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline
In addition to this special session, a revised Disaffiliation Packet will be made available that will address some of the logistical and practical issues that had been expressed about the disaffiliation process. Please note, that although the disaffiliation date is earlier, churches will still have the same length of time for the submission of disaffiliation materials as before
. The Holston Conference Affiliation/Disaffiliation Team is aware some churches may still be in the discernment process at the time of the called Special Session. A subsequent called Special Session of the Holston Annual Conference in the last quarter of 2023 will be considered for the purpose of processing qualifying requests for disaffiliation under ¶2553 if there are churches that are not able to complete the disaffiliation process prior to the April 22, 2023 Special Session.
Please be in prayer for God’s wisdom and guidance as we move together as sisters and brothers in the Body of Christ.
Please note, this called Special Session does not replace our regular Annual Conference that takes place June 4-7, 2023. For more information regarding our 2023 Holston Annual Conference, please visit ac.holston.org