First Methodist Church of Shreveport, LA has voted overwhelmingly to join the Global Methodist Church. 619 total people voted, with 594 voting to affiliate with the Global Methodist Church and 25 voting to remain an independent Methodist congregation. 

The percentage to affiliate with the GMC is 96%. 

Whether you voted online, in-person at the church office, or today during the Church Conference; thank you for your vote, and for your commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church. Below you will find a brief video of what this historic decision means for the people called First Methodist Church of Shreveport, LA, both theologically and practically. God bless you!"


denomination affiliation 2023

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

Affiliation Meetings:

Meeting #1: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

5:30pm Dinner, 6:00pm Meeting

Meeting #2: Wednesday, June 21, 2023

5:30pm Dinner, 6:00pm Meeting

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First Methodist Church of Shreveport is nearing completion of a nearly year-long process to uphold its Wesleyan heritage, core values, theological beliefs and 178-year-old mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

The process began in the fall of 2022 with the congregation entering a time of discernment about whether to remain with the United Methodist Church or disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. The congregation entered a 40 day period of prayer and education. 

Our congregation voted on April 16, 2023 by a vote of 84% to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. 

Once our vote was ratified by the Louisiana conference on May 27, 2023, First Methodist entered a period of transitional independence. The Strategic Planning Team met on May 11th and recommended the formation of an Affiliation Study Group to begin due diligence on the future options for denominational affiliation for First Methodist Shreveport. The Church Council met on June 1 to authorize the Affiliation Study Group, along with a timeline for its work.

The charge of the Affiliation Committee is as follows:

  • Research various Methodist denominational options that First Methodist Church Shreveport may consider joining
  • Determine a timeline for and hold a series of church wide education events regarding the different options of affiliation
  • Make a recommendation, to the Church Council, on whether FMCS should affiliate with another denomination or remain an independent congregation, and
  • If a recommendation is made to affiliate with an existing denomination of Methodism, then to recommend which Methodist denomination best matches the mission of FMCS; and
  • To investigate and recommend methods for a potential congregational vote on any eventual affiliation decision.

The Church Council will meet on June 25th to consider the Affiliation Study Group's Recommendations. A church wide vote will be held no later than July 9th. 

Discernment Framework

The Affiliation Study Group has developed a list of six fundamental and distinctive criteria — what we call discernment frameworks — that have served as a measurement tool for comparison of affiliation options: Mission, Theology, Operations, Culture, Community and Vision. Learn more about these categories by going here. 

Discernment Framework

Discernment Pathway

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