Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

NWYM Restructuring

To:       Northwest Yearly Meeting

Date:    January 28, 2017

From:  Administrative Council, Brad Holton, clerk

 

Since the end of 2016 Yearly Meeting sessions, the clerks, along with the Superintendent and the Administrative Council, have labored and wrestled together over the issues currently dividing NWYM. Following the called representatives meeting on December 9 and 10, the clerks and Superintendent separately and together discerned that the Yearly Meeting is so evenly divided that consensus around the human sexuality issue is not likely in the foreseeable future.  These leaders also agreed that without some decisive action, the Yearly Meeting would fracture one, two or four churches at a time, but it would fracture.

Possible options were discussed by the Administrative Council in retreat on January 12-14.  The AC prayed, discussed and through clear discernment made a decision and presented it to the representatives at mid-year board meetings.

At the representatives meeting held this January 27 and 28 in Newberg, the clerks and Administrative Council announced their decision to guide the Yearly Meeting through a restructuring process.  The restructure is as follows:

 

Newly Formed Yearly Meeting

Northwest Yearly Meeting

  • This yearly meeting would embrace a revised Faith and Practice
  • This group would be composed of meetings that have decided to practice and/or have recorded an affirming stance.
  • This may include churches who have internal disagreement but have agreed to align their practices with the newly formed yearly meeting Faith and Practice.

 

  • This yearly meeting would be composed of meetings who align with current Northwest Yearly Meeting Faith and Practice.
  • This may include churches who have internal disagreement but have agreed to align their practices with current NWYM Faith and Practice.

A transition team, formed of Elders, AC members, Trustees and other at-large members will facilitate the creation of a newly formed yearly meeting. Churches who hold an affirming statement may be a part of the newly formed yearly meeting or may choose to be independent. It is the intent of the Administrative Council, that churches becoming part of the newly formed yearly meeting or separating from NWYM during this restructuring process may retain ownership of their church property, along with any indebtedness.  All other issues of property, assets and related organization connection questions raised because of the restructuring process will be addressed by that transition team. The transition team will be approved by the AC and report to them.

This process will be a lengthy one and the AC is committed to completing the transition with dignity and honor for all churches. Our goal is to complete this transition process on or before June 30, 2018.

 

To read more about the process leading up to the decision, visit the Next Steps page.

 

NWYM Transition Team 

A transition team, formed of Elders, AC members, Trustees and other at-large members will facilitate the creation of a newly formed yearly meeting. Churches who hold an affirming statement may be a part of the newly formed yearly meeting or may choose to be independent. It is the intent of the Administrative Council, that churches becoming part of the newly formed yearly meeting or separating from NWYM during this restructuring process may retain ownership of their church property, along with any indebtedness.  All other issues of property, assets and related organization connection questions raised because of the restructuring process will be addressed by that transition team.

Transition Team Updates:

NWYM Transition Team Report 3.18.17
NWYM Transition Team Report 04.17
NWYM Transition Team 06.03.17