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‘This is Not Right’: Pastor Says United Methodist Church Decision to Close Small Church Was Unfair

A small Ohio congregation belonging to The United Methodist Church is dismayed by the regional body’s decision to close the church later this month as part of a process the pastor said was unfair.

Struthers United Methodist Church, a congregation with a membership of 87 and average weekly worship attendance of around 35 to 40 people, was recently told by UMC officials that their church will be permanently closed on May 21.

Struthers UMC Pastor Douglas Theobald told The Christian Post that he believed the East Ohio Conference and his local district superintendent did not properly follow the procedure for closure.

According to Theobald, the situation began last October when Struthers’ Staff Parish Relations Committee met with their district superintendent to discuss reports that the congregation was struggling financially.

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