For the primary time, a whole bunch of clergy and laypeople from dozens of church buildings in West Texas gathered Friday and Saturday as International Methodists, ushering in a brand new period for Methodism within the area after leaving the United Methodist Church final yr.

The West Plains Provisional Annual Convention of the International Methodist Church formally launched at its convening gathering over the weekend, simply the second regional convention within the fledgling denomination to take action. The Waco-based Mid-Texas Convention convened the prior week.

“Now, when you thought you have been right here for the launch of a brand new denomination, I am sorry to disappoint you,” Lyndol Loyd, lead pastor of LakeRidge Methodist Church mentioned as he welcomed these gathered at his church. “You might be right here for the start of a motion — a motion of the Holy Spirit.”

Hundreds of Global Methodist Church clergy and laypeople from across West Texas gathered for the first-ever West Plains Provisional Annual Conference meeting Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 at LakeRidge Methodist Church in Lubbock.

In contrast to the earlier two gatherings of many of those similar individuals, this weekend’s conferences have been brimming with an angle of hope and alternative. When these people final gathered because the Northwest Texas Annual Convention of the United Methodist Church in December 2022, they have been finalizing their departure from that convention and denomination.

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