WHY the GMC?
Except for the Global Methodist Church, the top five largest Methodist denominations in the United States require some form of the trust clause, which requires the denomination to own church buildings and property. Following the completion of the Agreement to Separate with the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, Mt. Horeb Church will take complete ownership of its property and assets.
While independent Methodist networks offer an organic and nimble approach to ministry, they are mainly associated with senior pastors and prefer to exist in groups of 12-24 churches. Structure and accountability are highly relational, and yet also informal. For these reasons, Mt. Horeb’s leadership believes the network model lacks the depth, breadth, and formal accountability Mt. Horeb Church seeks in a far-reaching, global connection.
In comparison, the GMC model is being created with a leaner organizational structure, giving more autonomy and authority to local congregations while maintaining strong connectional ties for its member clergy and congregations — and ties that are rooted in the original Wesleyan standards of the Christian faith. Following in the traditions established by John and Charles Wesley, the GMC serves all who wish to join in a “methodical,” warm-hearted pursuit of loving God and serving others as Jesus’ disciples in the world.
Mt. Horeb believes the GMC affiliation option to be the strongest fit in the following areas: