This post is NOT about Love Wins the controversial book by Bell. This post is about a District Superintendent (DS) in The United Methodist Church who may not be very United Methodist.
Gray Southern, DS of the Durham District, North Carolina Conference, who the article alleges to have said of the dismissal, “That’s between the church and him.”
In a lot of denominations as pastor’s dismissal is between the pastor and the church, but this is NOT true in The United Methodist Church. We are an episcopal and connectional church. Churches do not dismiss pastors. Bishops, and only bishops, dismiss pastors.
This, of course, is not actually true. It is true according to The Book of Discipline, our book of Church Law. You don’t have to be a United Methodist long, though, to know that big, powerful, wealthy United Methodist churches are, generally, beyond the control of the Bishops. The rest of us, though, live within the organizational structure which, I assure you, for United Methodists, does not allow a church to dismiss a pastor.
No matter what the pastor posts on Facebook.