North Texans for One Church
Covenant of Unity
The One Church Plan provides a generous unity that gives conferences, churches, and pastors the flexibility to uniquely reach their missional context without disbanding the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church.
In the One Church Plan, no annual conferences, bishops, congregations, or pastors are compelled to act contrary to their convictions.
The plan grants space for traditionalists to continue to offer ministry as they have in the past; space for progressives to exercise freely a more complete ministry with LGBTQ persons; and space for all United Methodists to continue to coexist without disrupting their ministries.
The One Church Plan removes the language from The Book of Discipline used in the United States that restricts pastors and churches from conducting same-sex weddings and annual conferences from ordaining self-avowed practicing homosexual persons. It adds language that intentionally protects the religious freedom of pastors and churches who choose not to perform or host same-sex weddings and Boards of Ordained Ministry and bishops who choose not to credential or ordain self-avowed practicing homosexual persons.
As people of the North Texas Conference we covenant to behave as a One Church Congregations and Conference.
- We will pray for one another
- We will allow for contextual ministry and pastoral care and not impede the work of others in ministry
- We will seek to find common ground and actively be in ministry with people who are different from us
- We will not speak ill of one another and model that all people are of sacred worth
Your signature below is a commitment to the covenant to behave as a One Church Annual Conference. Please indicate your relationship to the conference: clergy (provisional & full-connection), laity, church leadership (Church Council/Administrative Board).
Your church name is not required, except for if you are signing on behalf of your church leadership.
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The United Methodist Church’s top court has found that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is valid as church law.
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Dear Partner in Ministry,
Your presence matters in the United Methodist Church. Your voice matters. We will move forward with you, not without you.
After the 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, there has been much conversation about how the ministry will unfold with our whole community intact. The pain felt after the General Conference is still present; now, the pain is moving to action. There is a movement to lift our voices in support of the substance of the “One Church Plan”; the plan, very generally, sought to remove the restrictive language in the Book of Discipline concerning the ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” and the restriction of weddings of same gender loving persons officiated by our clergy and/or in our churches. The One Church Plan was not the plan passed at General Conference.
The attached covenant is an invitation to laity and clergy to sign-on in affirmation of the substance of the One Church Plan as a living reality in our churches and conferences, starting right here in North Texas. The goal is to have two hundred (200) churches, six hundred (600) annual conference delegates and as many lay members of United Methodist Churches as possible before May 12, 2019.
Once again, your voice is important. And, you can raise your voice in finding twelve more people to sign on to this covenant.
Together, we are held . . .
In God’s Love
What is the One Church Plan? The One Church Plan, endorsed by a majority of the Council of Bishops, allows congregations to decide their marriage policies, pastors to determine who they will marry and Boards of Ordained Ministry and clergy executive sessions to determine fit and readiness for ministry. The One Church Plan preserves appropriate local decision-making and does not require congregations to think and act alike. It preserves our unity in the midst of differences, allows for contextualization and provides the least disruption to the mission of Jesus Christ.
What’s the purpose of this Covenant? By signing the covenant, we are naming our desire and intention to act as a One Church Conference, allowing for unity in the midst of differences. Our hope is that a super-majority of our clergy and lay delegates to Annual Conference will sign the covenant, giving our Bishop a clear indication of how we want to live together as an Annual Conference.
Is this just a progressive agenda? No, this is a covenant that benefits our entire North Texas Conference by giving us all the ability to do ministry in and for the unique mission fields to which we are called. It creates a climate in which pastors and church leadership can discern how the Spirit is calling them to minister to the people in their contexts. Whether a church / clergy decide to welcome same-sex weddings or not, there is no judgment, just a high degree of respect for each pastor and his or her particular ministry setting.
How did this covenant come to be? A group of North Texas clergy met after General Conference 2019 and felt the Spirit leading them to create a covenant that could bring us together despite our differences, allowing each local church and pastor to serve his or her particular mission field. Several tweaks were made based on feedback from a variety of people and we feel this final version captures the vision for our covenant.
What happens if I sign my name? Your name will join the others we have already collected on a list that we will have handy as a way to demonstrate our common desire as an Annual Conference.