Inclusive. Life-Changing. Serving.
We are a growing congregation of the United Methodist Church. We are a people who pray, praise God, and proclaim the Word in worship. Diverse in age, background, and life experience, we strive to be a place for all ages to gather, grow in discipleship, and go out in service.
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Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is committed to loving God and loving neighbor with our whole selves – heart, mind, soul, and strength. We believe that all persons are of sacred worth and dignity as part of God’s creation, as demonstrated by the ministry of Jesus Christ. We therefore welcome all persons into the life and ministry of our congregation regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or socioeconomic status, education, politics, physical or mental ability or health, or faith history.
The United Methodist Church at its 2016 quadrennial General Conference asked the bishops of the denomination to lead in a time of division and anxiety over the full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the UMC. Shortly after the General Conference, a task force was created to study and make recommendations to the Council of Bishops (all active bishops in the UMC.) Recently, that task force made its report to the Council of Bishops, who have in turn made their own recommendation to the General Conference. That recommendation is known as the “One Church” model where annual conferences will have the authority to decide if they will ordain LGBTQ persons and local congregations and clergy will have the authority to decide if they will allow and officiate same-sex weddings. Two additional options will be presented to the General Conference — the Traditionalist Plan would affirm the current language in the denomination’s Book of Discipline, the denomination’s governing document, and seek to strengthen enforcement. The Connectional-Conference plan would allow conferences to choose among three connectional conferences for affiliation. The connectional conferences would align based on theology or perspective on LGBTQ ministry — be it, traditionalist, progressive or allowing for a variety of approaches. This plan would require multiple amendments to the denomination’s constitution.
The three proposals that emanated from The Way Forward Commission have been written and made available in four languages. The proposals will be considered at a called General Conference February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. Conversation regarding these proposals is encouraged and will be facilitated by Mount Olivet church leaders during the Sunday school hour, every third Sunday of the month through March, 2019.
In 2014, Mount Olivet entered into a period of reflection and discernment on how Mount Olivet could live out their vision statement as a congregation in relation to our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters.
There were three motivating factors which prompted this time and process of discernment:
As citizens of this country, we see attitudes towards the LGBT community changing with signs of greater acceptance/tolerance (i.e., civil recognition of gay marriage, workplace discrimination protections, etc.)
As Christians, we try to reconcile the scriptural writings and traditional beliefs with Christ’s message of love for all and discerning how this reconciliation process impacts our message to the LGBT community.
As part of the Methodist denomination, we have witnessed the varied responses to LGBT issues, notably same-sex unions, at all levels of the global United Methodist Church — from the local congregations up through the General Conference.
With these factors in mind, the Church Council elected to support a period of time for reflection and discernment on how the Mount Olivet community can respond, react and live out our vision statement in relation to our LGBT brothers and sisters.
In the fall of 2014, Mount Olivet approved a statement, (shown above) welcoming all people into participation in the life of Mount Olivet. Last fall, Mount Olivet hosted a 5-week series inviting LGBTQ people to share their experiences within the church and why they believe inclusivity matters. We heard some amazing, and heart-wrenching, stories that impacted us greatly.