Denominational Affiliation | 2022

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:18-19

Following a successful vote to disaffiliate from the greater United Methodist denomination, the time has come for our congregation to discern the best options for future affiliation — whether it’s to join a different Methodist denomination or remain an independent church but affiliated with a network of other large Methodist congregations.

Standing at the crossroads of change, the TWMC community is reflecting on 44 years of ministry rooted in traditional, Wesleyan Christianity. Even greater, this community is seeking God’s leading and provision to boldly advance in a new era of ministry.

There are many details to consider as the church moves forward in faith. Join us by following the steps below.

Discernment Pathway


Discernment begins with listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. We are developing a new resource for community prayer.

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Denominational discernment. What makes us Methodist? Revisiting our roots helps us grow in future fruitfulness.

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How will we advance our ministry into the future? Compare affiliation options using our discernment frameworks.

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Respectful dialogue is part of healthy decision-making. We are planning a new round of community forums.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

The Woodlands Methodist Church is among 200+ congregations in the Texas Annual Conference that have voted to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church. As it considers the options for future affiliation, each church must choose a discernment pathway that best reflects its theological beliefs, core values and Christian mission in the world.

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Revisiting The Roots Of Methodism

Denominational discernment has raised many questions regarding the identity, calling and mission of The Woodlands Methodist Church. In many ways, the process has stirred a new state of awakening — a collective realization of the future opportunities we have for ministry as Christians, as Methodists and as a church in the 21st century.

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Gain perspective with this collection of videos and podcasts featuring our pastors and lay leaders at The Woodlands Methodist Church. New media will be added, so check back for new additions to this library of resources.

Phase 2 Discernment Announcement

September 16, 2022 — Hear from Senior Pastor Mark Sorensen and Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Hanley regarding the next phase of TWMC’s denominational discernment.

Post-vote Celebration

August 14, 2022 — On the other side of a successful disaffiliation vote, we are excited and expectant for the future of God’s ministry. Join us in celebrating this historic moment in the life of our church.


Why Go Global?

Join Rev. Pierce Drake, TWMC’s Pastor of Community Formation, and a very special guest, Rev. Carolyn Moore of the Art of Holiness blog and podcast, to gain understanding and perspectives on the newly formed Global Methodist Church. Moore is a longtime friend of The Woodlands Methodist Church, the current Global Council Chairwoman of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, and a leading advocate for traditional congregations discerning disaffiliation from the greater United Methodist denomination.

Not Peace, but Glory

We can live a life of peace and comfort, or we can live a life that is great and glorious. But we cannot do both. Join pastors Rob Renfroe and Luann Riley and Loft Lead Pastor Daniel Lumpee for a conversation on courageous living as individuals and as a church in these days of denominational discernment. (Referenced in this episode: Redefining Glory, Rob Renfroe)