The breakup, which has not been finally approved, would divide the United Methodist Church into two denominations, a traditionalist one that would forbid gay marriage or gay clergy members, and another that would allow them.
The break would be felt right down to local congregations, which would be forced to choose one denomination or the other. Even those who have been avoiding or bridging the issue would be forced to choose.
This guide, “100 Questions and Answers About Sexual Orientation,” addresses many of the issues Methodists today are considering. It can be a good starting point.