About the Commission on a Way Forward

The 32 member Commission on a Way Forward was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to LGBTQ and resulting questions about the unity of the church.

Way Forward Resources

  • Finding A Way Forward: Resources for Witness Contextual Leadership and Unity.

    Finding A Way Forward: Resources for Witness Contextual Leadership and Unity.

    A handbook for United Methodist Bishops on the work of the Commission on the Way Forward.

  • The One Church Plan

    The One Church Plan

    This plan was pulled from the Way Forward Report. The One Church Plan gives churches the room they need to maximize the presence of a United Methodist witness in as many places in the world as possible.

  • The Connectional Conference Plan

    The Connectional Conference Plan

    This plan was pulled from the Way Forward Report. The Connectional Conference Plan reflects a unified core that includes shared doctrine and services. This plan creates three values-based connectional conferences that have distinctive definitions of accountability, contextualization and justice. Current central conferences have the choice of becoming their own connectional conference (up to five additional connectional conferences) or joining one of the three values-based connectional conferences. A redefined Council of Bishops focuses on ecumenical relationships and shared learning. Episcopal oversight, accountability, elections, assignments and funding occur within the College of Bishops of each connectional conference.

  • The Traditionalist Plan

    The Traditionalist Plan

    The Traditionalist Plan was pulled from the Way Forward Report.

    Strengthen the existing language about homosexuality in the Book of Discipline and create swift and strong punishment of anyone that does not follow the Book of Discipline. The Council of Bishops is not recommending this model to the General Conference because it will create disruption, church trials and pain for individuals and congregations that would distract us from our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.