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RESOLUTION:
BECOMING A CONFESSING CONFERENCE


Preamble: We confess we have not loved God with our whole heart and have failed to be an obedient Church. We have not done God's will, we have broken God's law, we have rebelled against God's love, we have not loved our neighbors, we have not heard the cry of the needy and we have not spoken the truth in love. We are broken, sinful and in need of God's forgiveness and the grace to live in obedience to Jesus Christ. Those who have composed and ascribe to this resolution confess our sinfulness and complicity in the brokenness and division experienced within The United Methodist Church today. We offer this resolution as an act of repentance.

Whereas the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is constitutionally committed to doctrinal boundaries including the Articles of Religion, the Confession of Faith, Wesley's Sermons and Notes on the New Testament, and the General Rules of Our United Societies and to their preservation as the standard for doctrinal reinvigoration and renewal (The Constitution, The Book of Discipline, 16-19); and

Whereas The Book of Discipline recognizes an insoluble link between the content of doctrinal beliefs and the practice of Christian living and definitively states that, "Wesley insisted...that evangelical faith should manifest itself in evangelical living." (Doctrine and Discipline in the Christian Life, The Book of Discipline, 60); and

Whereas, The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church is a witness by United Methodist laity and clergy who pledge unequivocal and confident allegiance to Jesus Christ as Son of God, Savior and Lord [see attachment]; and

Whereas, The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church was founded "in order to enact the Discipline's call to ‘doctrinal reinvigoration' and to avoid schism and prevent mass exodus" from The United Methodist Church (An Invitation to the Church, 1994); and

Whereas, The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church attempts "to contend for the apostolic faith within the United Methodist Church and seeks to reclaim and reaffirm the Church's faith in Wesleyan terms," and to center the Church's faith and life "on Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man; and on His life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised return as attested in Holy Scripture" (An Invitation to the Church, 1994); and

Whereas, The Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church is not asking for a new definition of faith, but for a new level of integrity in applying our historic doctrinal standards in a thoughtful, serious, and principled way; and

Whereas, recent developments within the life of The United Methodist Church demonstrate that certain bishops, pastors and laity have refused to be guided by the authority of the Scriptures and by the authority of the Church as expressed in The Book of Discipline; and

Whereas, the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church finds itself in agreement with the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church as stated above and in the "Confessional Statement" [see attachment];

Therefore Be It Resolved that the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church declares itself to be a "Confessing Annual Conference" by affirming "A Confessional Statement of the Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church" (attached) and by committing itself to be guided by this Confessional Statement and;

Be It Further Resolved that this North Carolina Annual Conference commends this Confessional Statement to the pastors, laity, and local churches to read, to consider, and for their individual and corporate signatures.

(Signatories as of this date)

Presented by: The Rev. Tom Holtsclaw; Jarvis Memorial, Greenville The Rev. David A. Banks; St Peter's, Morehead City The Rev. Gregory K. Jenks; Christ Community, Clayton The Rev. E. Powell Osteen Jr.; Garber, New Bern The Rev. Benjamin S. Sharpe Jr.; Cornerstone, Fayetteville The Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth; Rose Hill, Rose Hill The Rev. Brian Sexton; Bailey-Middlesex, Bailey The Rev. Janet Buffaloe; Pee Dee, Rockingham The Rev. Leon D. Fowler; Northhampton Charge, Jackson The Rev. Branson Sheets; Bailey, Bailey

Endorsed by: John Wesley Jones, Fayetteville Lucy H. Jones, Fayetteville Elsie C. Taylor, Fayetteville Mary G. Moody, Fayetteville Ronald W. Durham, Burlington Mary B. Southerland, Wilmington Randy J. Gebbie, Whiteville R. W. Sanders, Fayetteville Jeff McGee; Clayton Beth Jenks; Clayton Jeanne L. Ray, Harrells Lisa C. Sharpe, Fayetteville Bobby C. Hutson, Fayetteville Marilyn B. Hutson, Fayetteville Gary D. Taylor, Fayetteville Kathy R. Wood, Fayetteville John M. Wood, Fayetteville Frank Storino, Fayetteville Christine Storino, Fayetteville William E. Holland, Fayetteville Sandra D. Holland, Fayetteville Donald L. Kurtz, Jr., Fayetteville Linda M. Kurtz, Fayetteville Robert E. Semrad, Fayetteville Joy Semrad, Fayetteville


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