Transition Pathways

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Jeremiah 29:11

Discernment Process 

As the United Methodist Church enters into a season of transition, Polk Street has adopted our process of discernment for this important decision. The above video outlines our approach to understanding the options that are before us. We hope the information in this video will help explain our process as we begin to discern God's will for our church.

Helpful Link

The Northwest Texas Annual Conference has provided some very helpful information on the options available to United Methodist Churches in our area. You can find that information on their website here.

Polk Street's Discernment Process

The following process was adopted by the Polk Street Church Council on July 28, 2022.  Updates to this process in response to questions and concerns will be updated on this webpage.
September 11-October 2, 2022:
A series of four videos will be shown to groups of 50 members on Sunday mornings during Sunday school time.  If another time is necessary, the clergy will select the time and day to reach as many people as possible.  These groups may be individual Sunday school classes, combined Sunday school classes, or others who do not attend Sunday school. The Pastor and Church Council Chair will select the combination of Sunday school classes.  A script for the leaders of these groups and curriculum will be followed by the leaders of these groups.  

The leaders of these groups will be selected by the Pastor and Church Council Chairperson.  It is anticipated that six to nine leaders will be needed.

During the four weeks these videos are shared and discussed the Church Council will commit to praying daily for our church’s discernment and will practice fasting during those four weeks.  At the minimum, we will fast lunch each Friday.  Others may choose to practice other forms of fasting.  

Winter 2022:
A study group will be formed from the Church Council to study the anticipated impact on remaining in the United Methodist Church or joining the Global Methodist Church.  The group will study the changing landscape of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference as most churches are voting on disaffiliation this summer and fall.  They will also study the financial costs and potential financial ramifications of both options.  Likewise, they will study churches in Amarillo who have gone through this process in other denominations by talking to pastors and studying statistical information.
 
January/February 2023:
Two meetings will be held to discuss the findings of the study group. One meeting will discuss the option of remaining in the United Methodist Church and the second will focus on joining the Global Methodist Church.  Depending on the success or failure of the 50 member group model we will decide if these meetings will take place in groups of 50 or large congregational meetings.  A straw pole will likely be conducted to test how close to the 2/3 majority that would need to be met in order to disaffiliate.  If 50% or more are in favor of disaffiliation a Church Conference will be scheduled to hold a church wide vote.

During these two weeks of meetings we will ask the entire church to join together in prayer and fasting.  Information on prayer and fasting will be made available to the congregation to aid them in their practice of these spiritual disciplines.

February 2023:
The Church Council may vote on a recommendation to remain in the United Methodist Church or to disaffiliate and join the Global Methodist Church.  This recommendation will then be made to the Church Conference.

March 2023:
A Church Conference may be held, depending on the results of the straw poll.  The District Superintendent will be informed of the request for a Church Conference and he will lead us in the process.  The process for voting available on the Northwest Texas Annual Conference website will be followed by abiding with paragraph 3553 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.