White’s Chapel is a church of the “messy middle.” (For a theological framework for “messy middle” Christianity, read Romans 14.) As such, our congregation is composed of people with different theological, political, and philosophical understandings...
In our context, we have chosen to be compatibilists: people who seek to live, work, and share faith with others with differing understandings than ours. As such, we seek to honor those who disagree with us. Moreover, we believe that issues of our Social Principles should be decided at the General Conference and Annual Conference levels. In our life together at White’s Chapel, we seek to not have divisive votes on Social Principles that can cause pain for those whose positions do not prevail.
We are a congregation that practices a traditional view of marriage. However, we acknowledge that members of our congregation have a variety of perspectives on same- sex marriage and ordination standards. We reject the practice of compartmentalizing people into categories according to their actual or perceived perspectives.
We also recognize that we are living in a transitional season in the life of the Methodist movement. Countless factors that will determine the future of the Church are currently taking shape; as such, their “final forms” are not clearly in sight. Here are some of the unknowns we face:
We covenant that this season of transition will not affect the vital ministries of White’s Chapel. We exist to make more deeply committed followers of the way of Jesus Christ. We do that through being a people who:
As we move into the future, we want to be a part of a new expression of Methodism. We want to leave behind the rancor and division of the past fifty years, and move into a new season of ministry. We recognize that in this season of uncertainty, our human efforts and understandings are imperfect and dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us. The most important thing we can do in this hour is to pray for wisdom and direction. We know that Jesus is with us and is praying for us even now. Jesus prays that we may be one and that we bear much fruit. This covenant is our expression of what it means to be a church where many people, with many perspectives, sit at the table together and seek to live as followers of Jesus!
Pray • Discern • Listen • Learn • Do Not “Borrow Anxiety”