FUMC votes to disaffiliate for second time following denial

Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 8:59 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2022 at 9:07 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Despite its conference leaders voting down its application to disaffiliate, First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro plans to continue the fight.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the church voted to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church denomination for a second time, with 635 people voting not to remain a part of UMC.

According to Senior Pastor Miles, the vote does not restart the process, and he noted a lot of people who would have voted to stay were not present at the meeting.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, during a special session of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, a motion to ratify the disaffiliation agreement between the board of trustees and Jonesboro FUMC was not ratified.

According to the conference’s website, 254 voted in favor of disaffiliation, while 335 voted against it.

Miles added the church also adopted bylaws and chose managers who would work with the UMC to negotiate disaffiliation.

Region 8 News will continue to follow this story for more details.