Who We Are

In March of 2022, Dauphin Way’s Church Council called for a “Process Team” of 5-7 people to design the process by which Dauphin Way United Methodist Church can discern God’s call for Dauphin Way as the United Methodist Church continues to work out its disagreements regarding homosexuality.

Our Nominations Committee invited 7 lay members of high character, deep wisdom, and trusted faith to join the Process Team. All seven individuals accepted, and so our Process Team includes: Rev. Michael Precht (Senior Pastor), Mark Davidson, (Lay Leader) Karen Anne Beville, Richard Byrd, David Peeler, Elizabeth Percy, Vanessa Reyner, and William Terry.

The Process Team prays daily at 9 AM for our church, and meets every two weeks so that they may answer 6 questions about how Dauphin Way can discern God’s calling for our church. The Process Team is not making any recommendation about our denominational future – instead the Process Team recommends how all of us as a church can discern God’s call together. All recommendations from the Process Team require the approval of the Church Council.

Our Six Questions

The Process Team has been asked to address (at minimum) the following questions:

  • When should Dauphin Way expect a proposal for our denominational future?
  • What kind of learning, listening, and small group feedback should shape that proposal before it is finalized?
  • Who will prepare the final proposal?
  • Is there a need for an outside facilitator to assist in any portion of the process?
  • What training is needed for those who will lead this process?
  • What is an appropriate timeline for communicating any information the congregation needs to know?

Our Answers (so far...)

This section is a work in progress, and will be regularly updated as the Process Team does their work.

When should Dauphin Way expect a proposal for our denominational future recommendation be expected?

Answer: We will wait until after the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in the spring of 2024 before deciding our denominational future.

This recommendation was unanimously accepted by Dauphin Way’s Church Council on August 29, 2022. For more explanation of this recommendation, click here.

What kind of learning, listening, and small group feedback should shape that proposal before it is finalized?

Answer: We will invite all church members to participate in a three-phase discernment process of learning, listening, and discerning to establish a “Statement of Principle,” before the end of 2023.

This recommendation was unanimously accepted by Dauphin Way’s Church Council on August 29, 2022. Click here for a detailed overview of this process.

Who will prepare the proposal about our denominational future in 2024?

Answer: In Process (as of Oct. 26, 2022).

This is the next question that the Process Team is praying over.

Is there a need for an outside facilitator to assist in any portion of the process?

Answer: We have not yet considered this question.

What training is needed for those who will lead this process?

Answer: We have not yet considered this question.

What is an appropriate timeline for communicating any information the congregation needs to know?

Answer: The discernment timeline provided in our second recommendation provides most of the necessary guidance about communication, but we will revisit this question before our work is done.

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