The Methodists were all set for an amicable split, with the more conservative Methodists forming a new denomination with the cooperation and financial help of the liberal Methodists, who would be in control of the existing church body.
But COVID prevented the all-church conference that would ratify the accord from meeting. And, as time went by, the issues intensified and both some progressives and quite a few conservatives went ahead to form their own denominations. (This latter group is called the Global Methodist Church,” Global Methodist Church, underscoring that Methodists across the world mostly agree with them.) There is still hope that the “protocol” in some form will be approved, as negotiations continue for the next conference in 2024.