The third-largest Christian denomination in the United States may be splitting over the issue of homosexuality, according to The Christian Post.
The split is led by theologically conservative Methodists who are a part of the Global Methodist Church (GMC), which consists of a 17-member transitional leadership council, according to The Christian Post.
Though the GMC was originally announced on March 1 by a conservative Methodist advocacy group called the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), the group is waiting for the United Methodist Church to officially approve the separation.
Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and spokesman for the Global Methodist Church, told The Christian Post that leaders of the United Methodist Church have demonstrated “an unwillingness to uphold its teachings.”
“In the United States, particularly, some bishops, clergy, and churches are operating in open defiance to the teachings of the United Methodist Church,” Boyette told The Christian Post.
“The Church has become ungovernable as a consequence, such unchecked defiance has destroyed the integrity of the Church.” (RELATED: Sarah Silverman Calls On Hollywood Pals To Buy Historic Theater From ‘Anti-LGBT Church’)
He said that theologically conservative leaders decided to launch the new denomination which will “be true to its doctrine and teachings and end endless conflict within the United Methodist Church.”
Boyette stated that the primary mission of the GMC will be to “make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship passionately, love extravagantly, and witness boldly.”