Doing A New Thing


“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:19

Many United Methodists feel like we are wandering in the wilderness as we seek to resolve our conflict over the authority of scripture and the inclusion of homosexual persons in the life and leadership of The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Council of Bishops has called a Special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to try to resolve this issue.

At this point, it is not at all clear how this conflict will be resolved, but we are people of faith who believe that God is with us whatever the outcome of this General Conference might be, and God may do a new thing to make a way for us to continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Council of Bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward have proposed three possible plans (outlined below) to help the church resolve our conflict. United Theological Seminary does not endorse any of these plans, but we encourage fervent prayer for the 864 delegates to the General Conference from all over the world as they seek to discern God’s will for the future of The United Methodist Church.

Regardless of what happens at General Conference, United Theological Seminary will continue to welcome any students from any branch of the church who want to become faithful and fruitful Christian leaders whom God can use to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Whatever the General Conference decides, local congregations will still need Spirit-filled pastors who lead them to become faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and United will continue to prepare pastors and church leaders to serve God and these congregations.

Grace and peace,
Dr. Kent Millard
United Theological Seminary

Nov 12 2018