Imagining the Future
Defining our identity as United Methodists and
exploring a vision for the future of the church
The Connectional Table invites United Methodists to share their hopes and expectations for the future of the church. Across the U.S., Africa, the Philippines and Europe, leaders are hosting conversations where diverse United Methodists can discuss the denomination’s identity, vision, connectionalism and mission.
The results of these conversations will be compiled and shared in May of 2022. Ultimately, the results can help inform the vision of The United Methodist Church moving forward. In these uncertain times, it is vital to engage the church in the vital work of imagining the future and discerning what God is doing.
Below you will find information on these efforts in each of the four regions and how you can be involved in a conversation. If you are in the U.S., you can follow the directions below to host and report back from a conversation. If you are in the Philippines, Europe or Africa, click on the corresponding link below to learn more about these efforts in your region.
1. Gather a group
Recruit a small group of fellow United Methodists willing to share their perspectives. Consider including a wide variety of ages, genders and perspectives when choosing participants.
An invitation to conversation
The Connectional Table invites United Methodists across the globe to imagine the future of The United Methodist Church through contextualized discussions.
View the video to learn more about these conversations and how to participate.
Discussions are taking place in different regions of our worldwide church. Conversations are being coordinated by a committee in each region and the discussions have been adapted for each context. Learn more about each regional conversation below.
The Africa Regional Group is working with the African College of Bishops to organize several conversations across the annual conferences in Africa.
The Philippines Coordinating Group distributed a survey to members of the Philippines Central Conference in addition to holding focus groups.