RESPONSE TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE

FROM PASTOR BRIAN DURAND

As most of you are already aware, the United Methodist Church convened a special General Conference in February 2019 to discuss and consider different views of human sexuality and LGBTQ+ issues within the denomination. Ultimately, the Conference approved the Traditional Plan, which upholds the current restrictions in the Book of Discipline. This is far from a final decision; there are pending judicial challenges and more discussions to come during the 2020 General Conference. But what does this mean - if anything - for those of us at Clay Church? Here's what you can expect moving forward.

CLAY CHURCH WILL CONTINUE TO LOVE, WELCOME, AND CARE FOR ALL PEOPLE.

We remain convinced that all people are created by and loved by God. We remain unwavering in our commitment to all people in Michiana and to each person who calls Clay Church home. Our doors will remain open to everyone and we will work even harder to make sure every person knows they belong at Clay Church and are loved by God.

For the last twelve years, we've been committed to "walking with more people toward a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ." This has not and will not change. We will continue to be in ministry to the hurting, the hungry, the lost, and the lonely. People are counting on us, and the stakes are too high for us to lose sight of our mission now. We won't.

WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO OUR MISSION AND VISION.

WE WILL KEEP OUR EYES FOCUSED ON JESUS.

Let's be honest. We don't all agree on these issues. But we do agree about the most important thing. We believe in the life-changing, transforming, saving power of the grace of God; and that it's our job to share that grace with the world. We may not agree on all things, or even most things, but those disagreements cannot and will not stand in the way of our primary mission of leading all people to know and experience a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

For my part, I am committed to every conversation that I need to have to help our congregation learn to live and love together, despite our differences in belief. If you have questions, concerns, or simply want to talk to your pastor, send me an email (bdurand@claychurch.com). I'm happy to talk more about what all of this means for you and us, and especially about what God has in store next for Clay Church.

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Peace and blessings,

Brian Durand

Lead Pastor, Clay Church