Denominational Affiliation | 2022

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:18-19

Following a successful vote to disaffiliate from the greater United Methodist denomination, the time has come for our congregation to discern the best options for future affiliation — whether it’s to join a different Methodist denomination or remain an independent church but affiliated with a network of other large Methodist congregations.

Standing at the crossroads of change, the TWMC community is reflecting on 44 years of ministry rooted in traditional, Wesleyan Christianity. Even greater, this community is seeking God’s leading and provision to boldly advance in a new era of ministry.

There are many details to consider as the church moves forward in faith. Join us by following the steps below.

Discernment Pathway


Discernment begins with listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. We are developing a new resource for community prayer.

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Denominational discernment. What makes us Methodist? Revisiting our roots helps us grow in future fruitfulness.

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How will we advance our ministry into the future? Compare affiliation options using our discernment frameworks.

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Respectful dialogue is part of healthy decision-making. We are planning a new round of community forums.

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Revisiting The Roots Of Methodism

Denominational discernment has raised many questions regarding the identity, calling and mission of The Woodlands Methodist Church. In many ways, the process has stirred a new state of awakening — a collective realization of the future opportunities we have for ministry as Christians, as Methodists and as a church in the 21st century.

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Where Do We Go From Here?

The Woodlands Methodist Church is among 200+ congregations in the Texas Annual Conference that have voted to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church. As it considers the options for future affiliation, each church must choose a discernment pathway that best reflects its theological beliefs, core values and Christian mission in the world.

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Gain perspective with this collection of videos and podcasts featuring our pastors and lay leaders at The Woodlands Methodist Church. New media will be added, so check back for new additions to this library of resources.

Member Survey Results

November 12, 2022 — Join Senior Pastor Mark Sorensen and Executive Pastor of Administration Drew Essen for a high-level review of key findings from the fall 2022 Member Survey. (Review full survey results here).

Phase 2 Discernment Announcement

September 16, 2022 — Hear from Senior Pastor Mark Sorensen and Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Hanley regarding the next phase of TWMC’s denominational discernment.


Risks and Benefits of the GMC

November 12, 2022 — As TWMC builds a blueprint for the future, does it share a vision and purpose with the Global Methodist Church? Join Pastors Susan Kent, Mark Swayze, and Senior Pastor Mark Sorensen as they discuss the discernment frameworks for future ministry at TWMC in comparison to the denominational offerings of The GMC.

Modern Methodist Networks

November 12, 2022 — What are the pros and cons of remaining an independent, affiliated Methodist Church? Join Senior Pastor Mark Sorensen, Church at Woodforest lead pastor, Brent Parker, and Loft lead pastor, Daniel Lumpee, as they discuss the newest affiliation option — the self-governing, Wesleyan Methodist Network of large churches.