The Board of Trustees of Saint Paul School of Theology affirms the four commitments of UMCNext:

  1. We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.
  2. We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
  3. We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
  4. We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together. (

The board remains committed to the formation of people for innovative, creative work in emerging expressions of ministry. In a season of discernment and change in the United Methodist Church, the Saint Paul School of Theology Board of Trustees senses the movement of the Holy Spirit, and we are hopeful, trusting that God’s grace will do abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.

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