(By Jessilyn Justice) Conservative Methodists will now consider breaking away from the United Methodist denomination as a whole after a married lesbian bishop was ordained. “In these times of great uncertainty about the future of The United Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Covenant Association stands together as an alliance to advance vibrant, scriptural Christianity within Methodism,” the Wesleyan Covenant Association writes on their website.

The group will gather in October to consider forming a brand-new denomination. “We are a coalition of congregations, clergy, and laity from all jurisdictions that are committed to promoting ministry that combines a high view of Scripture, Wesleyan vitality, orthodox theology, and Holy Spirit empowerment. We encompass a broad range of worship styles and ministry practices. What links us together is our desire to witness to the transforming power of God to change and redeem human lives and societies. We have come together to support, network, and encourage one another as the future of The United Methodist Church comes into clearer focus,” the website continues. CONTINUE