Calls to split the United Methodist denomination have grown since last year’s special session of the United Methodist General Conference approved the so-called Traditional Plan strengthening its bans on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ United Methodists. But the split has been put on hold amid the pandemic.
After struggling to stay afloat, a Minnesota church chose to change its approach. The church pulled out pews installed by members’ grandparents. They cancelled events like an annual turkey dinner, a beloved community tradition, to focus on discussions about the church’s vision. They gradually tweaked services Sunday over Sunday. The first few changes were the hardest, according to Hein. But each one built trust for the next.