Lighthouse Congregations are local churches in the WNCC that are particularly equipped to welcome
anyone whose church has closed or disaffiliated. These United Methodist faith communities are a
resting place, with people who will offer care while providing a haven of peace and grace.
Lighthouse Congregation Resolution:
Our congregation, Trinity UMC, West Asheville, moves that we become a Lighthouse Congregation of
The Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church in partnership with The
United Methodist Collective Movement of our District and Conference. In doing so, we not only commit
to remaining a part of The United Methodist Church but also to serving those who have lost their
church homes through disaffiliation or closure. We will partner in this work in the following ways:
1) 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 space with caring relationships, listening
hearts, and unconditional love within a congregation that is confident it is remaining in the
2) Offer “No pressure” ministry opportunities (if the person or group is willing). These will include
worship, discipleship, and mission.
3) Organize local Remaining UMC groups by proactively finding and connecting with individuals
and groups displaced by disaffiliating churches.
4) Connect individuals or groups with Conference and District resources to help them discern their
next steps as they consider a new church home.