The people of the United Methodist Church are devoted to living out their faith by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Since the early 1970s, the United Methodist Church has been embroiled in a deep internal conflict over the acceptance of homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage. This has caused a historic split, and congregations on Long Island are now trying to figure out how to deal with what some call a “divorce.” The new Minister Law is taking office with the help of the parish. It has been an amazing experience to come to the UMC in Bayport and learn about the congregation and the various ministries of the church.
Law said that the congregation has been incredibly warm and welcoming to him and his wife, and that they have truly been a testament to Christian hospitality. He also noted that the parish is eager to grow in their faith and engage with the community at large. Niedringhaus said that in 1932, Primitive Methodists and Wesleyan Methodists joined forces to form the current Methodist Church Connection. Paul's United Methodist Church seeks to be a witness to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Thomas Goodhue, a retired United Methodist minister and former director of the Long Island Council of Churches, said that people have accepted the inevitable. The Ascension Lutheran Church in Deer Park, Long Island, New York is a place where people can connect with each other. The Central Presbyterian Church is another place where Jesus is Lord and neighbors are loved. Pastor Hector Rivera at First United Methodist Church in Central Islip spoke about denomination changes on Friday.
The Methodist Church of Great Britain is divided into circuits, comprised of local churches in a defined area. The Korean church acquired full autonomy in 1930 and maintained its affiliation to the United Methodist Church. Other denominations such as the Church of the Nazarene and Salvation Army grew out of the Methodist movement but do not use “Methodist” in their names. Goodhue expects most congregations on Long Island to stay with the main denomination, which will support homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage, and will continue to be known as the United Methodist Church.
The constitution of Ascension Lutheran Church states that church leaders will form a council consisting of pastors and members of the church. Several churches have completed disaffiliation from United Methodist Church or Upper New York Conference. Commack United Methodist Church is steeped in history as well as today's spirit, while Community Gospel Church is a Full Gospel church made up of people from diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds who have come together under Lord Jesus Christ.