At a called meeting of the Chapelwood Board of Stewards on Sunday, November 13, the Leadership Study Group presented its report related to current issues within The United Methodist Church, and its recommendation on Chapelwood’s path forward. The Leadership Study Group recommended that Chapelwood not enter discernment related to disaffiliating from our denomination. The group felt confident that our mission, ministry, focus, and passion for Jesus can continue as it always has — in connection with our United Methodist denomination. 

 
The Board of Stewards voted by a 98 percent margin to accept that recommendation — to maintain our established Christ-centered course and remain faithful to the culture and identity that has made Chapelwood United Methodist Church who we are. 
 
The following core statement is from the Leadership Study Group and the Board of Stewards:
 
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Since its founding in 1948, Chapelwood UMC has lived out this mission by embodying God's grace as we receive it to those who need it. As part of the United Methodist denomination, we have been, and remain, committed to the guidance of the UM Book of Discipline. We have worked to maintain the distinctive culture of Chapelwood by being consistent in our essential Christian beliefs, our values, and our ministries of grace, love and fellowship; and in seeking God’s voice through scripture. As we continue to serve the Kingdom of God in an ever-changing world, we intend to maintain that culture, and will, as always, seek to serve Jesus Christ as the loving disciples he calls us to be.
 
We are deeply grateful for the 30 lay leaders of the Leadership Study Group and the 62 lay members of the Board of Stewards who prayerfully led us through this time of listening and learning. We are also thankful to the many members who communicated with the Leadership Study Group, sharing their views and concerns out of love for and commitment to Chapelwood.
 
This decision by the Board of Stewards helps our leadership, staff and members focus intently on our work as disciples: worship, service, learning, fellowship, and welcoming the seeker.
 
Our church is strong in engagement across all areas: financial; attendance at worship and Sunday school; mission and outreach; and many other ways in which God has continued to work through us. Now it is time to lean into the future God has for us, focusing on moving forward together. Those two words must define us: Forward. Together.
 
God spoke through Isaiah to the children of Israel returning from exile, urging them forward, and God is speaking to us right now: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating, for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy and its people as a delight." 
 
God is inviting us into joy and delight! It's time to engage wholly in what gives us life — the essentials that allow us to nourish, flourish, and thrive in our calling. It’s time to rekindle our calling, to be set aflame by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
Today, we officially put the devil on notice: Chapelwood is united, with one purpose, one heart and one Lord. Today, we choose to lean in and move forward — together.

The resources below are intended to help Chapelwood UMC members and friends better understand all that is happening in the United Methodist Church. On this page you will find an informative presentation by Pastor John Stephens at the May 12, 2022, Senior Adult Luncheon. This is the best place to start. 

Dr. John Stephens, Rev. Bob Johnson, Rev. Wick Stuckey and Teresa Rossy created a study for traditional Methodists who want to remain in the UMC.  Each session  included teaching and time for small group dialogue about our theology, approach to Scripture, historical decisions on other divisive issues, where the United Methodist Church finds itself now and where we may be headed as a denomination. Click here to see the curriculum. To watch the live recorded videos of the study, click here. 

There is also a pdf that shows a side-by-side comparison of the basic beliefs of the new Global Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. You will see that they are actually very much the same. 

John Stephens, along with Rev. Adam Hamilton from the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, led a webinar for a group of Texas Conference clergy and delegates on Sunday, June 12, 2022, and a video of that webinar is also included below. 

There are also episodes from our podcast, Pod Have Mercy, that specifically address some of the questions around the UMC, and soon we will be adding study resources that will help you as you navigate some of the theological questions before us. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to a pastor if you have any questions or would like additional information.


JOHN STEPHENS’ PRESENTATION TO CHAPELWOOD SENIOR ADULT LUNCHEON – MAY 12, 2022

John discusses the history of the UMC since 1972 and the decisions around human sexuality, the past few years of General Conferences, and where we are today. This is the best place to start.


Link to the Future Discernment Task Force page from the Texas Conference

STUDY SERIES FOR TRADITIONAL METHODISTS WHO LONG TO REMAIN IN THE UMC

Authors: Rev. Bob Johnson, Teresa Rossy,
Rev. Dr. John Stephens, Rev. Dr. Wick Stuckey

This resource is designed for those who are United Methodist Christians who wish to wrestle with the complexities we face every day while remaining in our denomination...



Click below to watch the video of the
July 31, 2022 "A Future with Hope for the umc" Rev. Adam Hamilton Keynote and Panel Discussion


RESOURCES FOR ALL FROM "THAT WE MAY BE ONE"


POD HAVE MERCY WITH BISHOP MANDE MUYOMBO – SEPTEMBER 2, 2022



WEBINAR WITH ADAM HAMILTON AND JOHN STEPHENS - SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2022

Adam and John led this webinar for the North, Central, and Texas Annual Conference churches and delegates, to clarify some of the UMC questions.


POD HAVE MERCY WITH BISHOP SCOTT JONES – MARCH 15, 2022

John Stephens and Bishop Scott Jones, Bishop of the Texas Conference of the UMC, discuss the current issues facing the UMC.


POD HAVE MERCY WITH REV. TEER HARDY – MARCH 1, 2022

John Stephens and Matt Russell talk with Rev. Hardy about reaching young people in our world, doubt and faith, and changes in the church. At the 43:35 mark we talk specifically about the UMC.

 

POD HAVE MERCY WITH BISHOP DAVID GRAVES – APRIL 26, 2022

John Stephens and Matt Russell interview Bishop David Graves, Bishop of the Alabama-West Florida and South Georgia Conferences of the UMC, with a particular focus on the unity of the church.


Rev. Adam Hamilton of Church of the Resurrection Vespers "Why We Are Staying in the UMC"