Navigation News

This page contains the most current information regarding the work of the Porterfield Navigation Team.

  • Navigation Conversation - August 28, 2022

    Video of the presentation done on August 28, 2022 in the Ministry Center by Russ Allen, Chair of the Navigation Team. Audio comes in at 4:40. Click here for the file containing the power point presentation.

  • Navigation Team Update - Financial Implications of Disaffiliation - August 23, 2022

    Navigation Team Chair Russ Allen and Church Treasurer Bert Bennett walk us through the financial implications of disaffiliation including apportionments, unfunded pension liability as well as the impact on Porterfield obtaining ownership of our property. Click the photo to launch the video.

  • Navigation Team Update - The Disaffiliation Process - July 23, 2022

    Church Council Co-Chairs, John Ashley and Greg Parrish walk us through the process of disaffiliation with the rules and timeline for the process as outlined by the South Georgia Annual Conference as well as the United Methodist Church. These are the steps that would be followed IF Porterfield votes to move in that direction.

    Here are the documents mentioned in the video:

    South Georgia Conference Disaffiliation Policy (Adopted at the June 2019 Annual Conference Session, Updated at the June 2022 Annual Conference Session)

    Book of Discipline Paragraph 2553

    Book of Discipline Paragraph 2549

  • Navigation Team Update - How Did We Get Here? - July 19, 2022

    Pastor Josh discusses the resources from our Navigation Team about the impending division in the United Methodist Church.  Click on Josh's photo to watch the video.

    Here are the documents Josh offers for you to learn more:

    Historical Overview

    Theological and Social Differences in the UMC

  • Navigation Team Video - Survey Results

    Here sre the results of the survey, explaoined by Russ Allen.

    Click here to watch the video.

  • Navigation Team Update - July 5, 2022

    Here is an update from the Navigation Team.

    Click here to watch the video

Media Concerning the UMC

Here you will find links to articles and videos of interest recommended by the Navigation Team.

  • The Bible and Human Sexuality

    Click photo at left to view video.

    Thoughts from Fran Pappas on Human Sexuality: Click here to read document.

    Ben Witherington: Gender Matters: Human Sexuality and the Bible Yet Again: Click here to read document.

  • Wesleyan Covenant Association Files Charges in Florida

    VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Wesleyan Covenant Association-Florida regional chapter (“WCA-Florida”) This week three (3) council members of the Florida chapter filed formal charges against the leadership in the Florida conference of the United Methodist church.  Click here to read the article.

  • Let Our People Go !

    After decades of conflict on a variety of theological issues within The United Methodist Church, hope appeared for an amicable separation in January 2020 with the announcement of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. The Protocol represented a mediated......... Click here to read the article.

  • Judicial Council Eliminates another Disaffiliation Route

    In a newly released decision, the Judicial Council states, “the process in Par. 2548.2 may not be used as a pathway for local churches to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church.” Click here to read the article.

  • UMC bishops welcome Judicial Council’s clarification of church disaffiliation process.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops expresses gratitude for the Judicial Council’s ruling that clarified that Paragraph 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline is not a process of church disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church but is rather a supplementary procedure for the purpose of deeding church property as permitted by other..........  Click here to read the rest of the article.

  • WCA President Jay Therrell Responds to UMC Judicial Council Ruling re: 2548.2

    On August 23, 2022, the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church struck down the use of paragraph 2548.2 as a means for churches to depart The UMC in our present denominational issues. The Rev. Jay Therrell, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, and ordained Global Methodist pastor, shares a few points regarding this development and some words of encouragement. Click here to watch the video.

  • Bishop slams ‘negative rhetoric’ as conservative Methodists declare end to moratorium.

    In his first presidential address as president of the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops, Bishop Thomas Bickerton called on conservative groups encouraging churches to leave the denomination to stop the negative rhetoric. Click here to read the article.

  • Personal Observations of the Crisis in the United Methodist Church

    Dr. Karl K. Stegall served for 40 years within the Alabama - West Florida (AWF) Conference of The United Methodist Church, retiring in 2007.

    He served churches in Andalusia, AL; Bonifay, FL;  and Montgomery AL. He was the District Superintendent of the Troy District. On November 15, 1983, Karl was appointed senior minister of the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery where he remained for 23 ½ years.

    Here is the statement to the Board of Directors of the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation of which he serves as President.

    Click here to read the statement.

  • Thoughts on Remaining in the United Methodist Church

    in 2022 to 2024

    by Rev. Dr Scott Hagan and Rev. Thad Haygood

    1. The Book of Discipline has remained consistent regarding human sexuality for decades. General Conference is the only place where the laws of our church can be voted on and changed. Nothing in the Discipline can change until January 1, 2025, when any actions of the 2024 General Conference take effect. While social media has increased the volume of news stories about disobedience or controversy in our denomination, the church's rules and stance on human sexuality have not changed.

  • Videos Playlist - Differences that Divide the UMC

    6 videos discussing UMC differences from Rob Renfroe, President of Good News. Good News is a classical, evangelical movement within the UMC. He makes a case and an invitation to disaffiliate from the UMC and join the Global Methodist Church. Click here for the playlist.

  • 10 Reasons to Consider the Global Methodist Church

    Jeff Greenway gives 10 reasons to join the GMC. 

    Click here to watch the video.

  • Why We Are Staying in the UMC

    Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection, shares why his church will remain in the UMC. Click here to watch the video.

  • Diverse and Still Divided

    Adam Hamilton and John Stephens (pastor at Chapelwood UMC in Houston, TX) discuss with the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC why they plan to remain in the UMC.

    Click here to watch the video