Lighthouse Churches

We see you, we love you and we are excited to move into God's new future with you.

What is a Lighthouse Church?  An existing United Methodist Church serving as a beacon of hope and hospitatlity to anyone feeling lost or displaced.  These churches will act as a resting place for those seeking a new United Methodist faith community, with people who will care for and provide a haven of grace and peace.

Lighthouse Churches will:

  • Provide a welcoming place to belong during this time of grief and transition, which might be for just a season or for a lifetime.  This includes a safe haven with caring people, listening hearts, and unconditional love for those who desire to remain in the UMC.
  • Offer ministry opportunities in which to engage.
  • Organize groups by proactively finding and connecting with individuals and groups displaced by disaffiliating churches.
  • Connect individuals or groups with Conference and District resources to help them discern their next steps as they consider a new church home.

Whether you are an individual or a group of people who have become displaced or churchless because of closing or disaffiliation, Lighthouse Churches will be there for you during this difficult time.  As you consider what is next, specific pathways from which you may choose will continue to emerge as the Conference, Districts, and local churches come together to be the connection at its best.

To Find a Lighthouse Church:

Choose a district below to see a list of Lighthouse Churches that are currently available.  More may be added to this list.

To Become a Lighthouse Church:

If your church has affirmed their desire to remain United Methodist, and would like to be equipped to serve as a Lighthouse Church for those who also wish to remain United Methodist in your community, the first step is to contact your District Superintendent. Please see the district list above for your District Superindent's contact information.