Disaffiliation Policy

Conference Disaffiliation Policy Task Force at Work
by Conference Board of Trustees Chair, Josh Kouri

With the recent postponement of General Conference to 2024, many have been asking what the future holds for their local congregation, our conference, and for the United Methodist Church, particularly in relation to our ongoing divisions related to human sexuality. This is understandable. The last several years of conflict, complicated by postponements of General Conference and prolonged uncertainty, have been hard, particularly for churches that feel out- of-sync with the denomination. As the chairperson of the Board of Trustees, I wanted to offer a brief update.

Even with General Conference postponed, there is an exit provision passed by the called General Conference in 2019 for churches who wish to disaffiliate. This can be found in Paragraph 2553 of the addendum to the Book of Discipline. The trustees of every Annual Conference are authorized to interpret Paragraph 2553 and establish a disaffiliation policy.

In February, the Trustees established a task force to craft a New Mexico Conference disaffiliation policy for churches that wish to leave the United Methodist Church.  Read Entire Letter: Disaffiliation Task Force Work

How the Conference Disaffiliation Policy was crafted & authorized:
Following the postponement of General Conference, the Trustees met and established a task force to craft a New Mexico Conference disaffiliation policy for churches that wish to leave The UMC. The task force included representation from every district, from clergy, cabinet, and laity, and included diversity in theological outlook. In March, the task force began the work of crafting a disaffiliation policy. It was reviewed and amended and then unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 24, 2022.

The NM Conference Disaffiliation Policy:
Disaffiliation Policy Table of Contents
NM Conference Disaffiliation Policy
Discernment Workbook
Decision Worksheet
Finalization Workbook
Paragraph 2553-BOD

Wespath Disaffiliation FAQ’s

Clergy Withdrawal-Impact on Benefits of Terminating Annual Conference Relationship under Paragraph 360

Conference Benefits Officer, Anna Marshall: anna@nmconfum.com
Treasurer, Griselda Sandoval: gsandoval@nmconfum.com
Trustees Chair, Josh Kouri: pastorjosh@mesaviewumc.org
Board of Pension & Health Benefits Chair, Joe Whitley: whitleylaw@yahoo.com
Provost, Eddie Rivera: erivera@nmcomfum.com