Response to #GC2019

PUMC Senior Pastor Charlie Wilfong offers the following response in the wake of the UMC's General Conference decision earlier this week...

Grace and Peace to you.

The General Conference of the global United Methodist Church met in St. Louis, MO, this last week. Clergy and lay delegates elected from all over the world, including Indiana, make up the General Conference--the body that orders our life as a Christian denomination. These persons met in this special session to address a topic that is controversial in our culture and in the church-- human sexuality and our denomination's relationship with the LGBTQ+ community. In seeking a way forward, the General Conference made no clear change in our denomination's current stance or policies regarding LGBTQ+ clergy and same-gender wedding ceremonies.

This word from John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, is helpful and inspiring for me... “Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.”

As a follower of Jesus and a United Methodist pastor, I am convinced that love for all people is the only path to the full reign, realm, and rule of God. At PUMC, the result of General Conference 2019 does not mandate any changes in our structure, staff, or style of ministry.
God does not change. Our understanding of God is always growing. It always has. This is the story of the Bible. This is the story of our faith. We continue to pray that the unchangeable God will become ever more clear to us so that we can ever more clearly reveal the vast, BIG Love and Grace of God in Jesus Christ.

At PUMC we will continue to accept all people, including LGBTQ+ persons, whom we love, value, and gladly accept into the life, witness, and leadership of PUMC's ministry.
I encourage you to keep the world-wide United Methodist Church in prayer as well as the ministry of PUMC. And if you would find it helpful to connect with a pastor for prayer or conversation, please contact the church office at 317.839.2319.

Also in response to GC2019 our Conference Superintendent, Rev. Jim Bushfield, will be leading one of three informational meetings for the Central District here at PUMC on Tuesday March 12, 10 a.m.-noon. Information about additional meets can be found by phoning 317.924.4140.

We continue in prayer as we seek the Lord's comfort and peace.

Go in peace. Go with God. And be well.


Pastor Charlie Wilfong
PUMC Senior Pastor