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November 11 Update

Thank you to everyone who attended the Special Church Conference at Buncombe Street on Sunday, October 30. With almost 1000 people casting an in-person vote, there is no doubt we all care deeply about the future of our church.  

As you probably know, the vote was overwhelmingly in favor of Buncombe Street pursuing disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church. Here is the breakdown of the vote:  

667 – Voted to pursue disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church when specific requirements are known and approved by the Bishop, SC Annual Conference, and the SC Annual Conference Board of Trustees.
306 – Voted to remain affiliated with the UMC  

We are grateful for the work of the Way Forward Task Force committee over the past few months. After our vote, we have learned of several churches in South Carolina who prayed for us and will also be pursuing disaffiliation from the UMC.  

Please join us in covering our current and incoming Church Council members in prayer as they move forward to lead us through the process of disaffiliating from the UMC.  

In addition, we urge you to attend the Buncombe Street annual Charge Conference on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. This will be a important time to affirm our expectations and show our support to the incoming Council regarding the overwhelming desire of our congregation to separate from the UMC and keep Buncombe Street a traditional church.  

Our church voted by 68.5% to disaffiliate. Now is the time to move forward with the will of the people, starting Monday night.   We are encouraged about the future of our church. Thanks be to God!

What is a Charge Conference?

The Book of Discipline says that the primary responsibilities of the Charge Conference (in the annual meeting) shall be to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church.

The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the church council. All members of the charge conference must be members of the local church.The charge conference must meet at least once per year. The charge conference directs the work of the church and gives general oversight to the church council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the church, sets salaries for the pastor and staff, elects the members of the church council, and recommends candidates for ordained ministry.


For more on a charge conference from the Book of Discipline, click here.

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

Psalm 48:14

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