The North Georgia United Methodist Conference said that it comprises around 700 churches. Two hundred sixty-one congregations have chosen to disaffiliate, which accounts for about 38 percent of their conference.
“It’s the biggest one I’ve seen that has caused so much controversy, but churches, for many, many reasons, will split over social issues,” Thrasher said.
The issues seem to boil down to churches allowing LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage. More conservative churches were allowed to leave UMC on Nov 30 due to what they believe is its failure to uphold that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. changes…do not fully represent their values,” Thrasher said.