Windom’s local Methodist church, a member of the United Methodist Church since 1968, has recently disaffiliated itself from the UMC, and is now part of a new denomination called the Global Methodist Church.
The split in the church comes mainly over differing views on human sexuality, and the ministry for and with LGBTQ individuals; it also includes disagreements on how to interpret scripture, and what are sometimes characterized as progressive or modern views versus traditional or more conservative views.
“We are changing denominations so that we can stay who we are,” said Pastor Mike McInnis, who has served the church for seven years, and says the congregation as a whole holds more traditional views with marriage being between one man and one woman.
The split was not without costs. Financially, the congregation had to pay over $99,000 to leave the UMC, and there were members who left the church due to dissatisfaction with the vote results.
For more details on this story, please see the Oct. 11 edition of the Citizen.