Church-wide INFO Sessions and Links

Please click the link above to take our church-wide survey. Submissions will be received from now until Thursday, August 18th.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding the survey and our process moving forward as a church family.


On July 6th and July 13th, SUMC held church-wide information sessions on the State of the United Methodist Connection, correspondence from our NC Annual Conference on disaffiliation, and updates on our local church’s finances and year-to-date numbers. For those unable to attend, we have provided links to the handouts that were provided, as well as additional materials to help better inform our church membership and larger church family.

NEW UPDATE: Bishop Fairley has sent a new email titled “A New Season for the People Called United Methodist” dates July 14, 2022, and our conference website now has very detailed information and links to help clarify and in some cases correct what some have heard or read.

Bishop Fairley’s July 14th Email

What does this mean for my church? (An official document from the NC Conference on the current options available for churches in this season of our life together.)

History of the UMC and Human Sexuality (An official document from the NC Conference on the background and history of the church’s debate on human sexuality.)

#BeUMC resources and testimonials

Below are the Handouts that were Provided at SUMC’s Two Church-wide Sessions

INFO Session Handout (includes summary be Pastor Kevin with personal reflections; FAQ sheet with responses by Pastor Kevin, and message from the UM Council of Bishops for all churches that are continuing).

Letter from Sound District Superintendent Jon Strother, July 1, 2022

NC Conference Disaffiliation Process and Information 

Other Links for Churches and Individuals Desiring to Leave UMC

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (a group launched in 2016 and that has organized and has now launched the planned new denomination – the GMC)

The newly launched Global Methodist Church, which will remain in transition until it can convene its first General Conference. Click here for their Transitional Book of Doctrines and Discipline and here for their Judicial Practice and Procedure Rules.

Other denominations committed to Wesleyan theology and a connectional structure for mission and ministry:

The Nazarene Church

The Wesleyan Church

The Free Methodist Church

Enotes from Pastor Kevin

Enote from Pastor Kevin: July 22, 2022

Enote from Pastor Kevin: July 1, 2022

Enote from Pastor Kevin: June 11, 2022