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    • My thinking was...  anything document or agreement that is with the UMC automatically becomes null and void if a particular church leaves the UMC.  What one groups believes or not doesnt come into.  If a Unit has a facility use agreement or affiliation agreement with a UMC affiliated church, those agreements become meaningless the moment that church is no longer a UMC church.    
    • I think you're right about the GMC churches. It's not just LGBTQ issues, there's a basket of issues including the UMC's support of BLM type initiatives and the proper role of women. It hasn't been articulated in some of the more public statements but some of these breakaway churches also don't want women pastors and some other things that align with more conservative views, and that makes scouting even less  of a fit for them. The UMC churches, on the other hand, have been struggling with membership erosion/aging and financial woes. UMC is working with consultants like Steeple.com to help local churches attract extra revenue by hosting telecom towers, EV charging stations, etc., and renting out any space they can, which means scout groups may have to be prepared to rental or usage fees. A couple of non UMC churches near me have recently started charging community groups that they have historically supported for room usage and storage. I can't imagine UMCs will be far behind.    
    • @5thGenTexan  Not sure.  Pardon me if this is too much of a generalization but the Churches wanting to leave the big UMC want to because of their stance on LGBTQ .    These churches may have the same opinion of the BSA because of their policy on the same issue and probably not sponsor anyway.   The others who don't separate have their guidance from the church and it is not likely to change.   JMHO.
    • I agree with you 100%. Also, in some respects I think it is good that most of our local leaders really don’t know what is going on with the BK. They are just focusing on providing the best program for the scouts.    There is such a dichotomy between what is going on at National and the local units. I think the troop that I am involved with is about to complete its best year of Scouting in  years. It has been a joy to watch.
    • I guess this will make any facilities use agreements null?  Affiliation agreements as well.  Will whatever new group these churches fall under decide to charter Units?  So many questions that come up daily. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hundreds-of-texas-churches-seek-approval-to-leave-the-united-methodist-church-saturday/ar-AA14P6If
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