General Conference is the official policy making and vision discerning body of the United Methodist Church.
- Representatives, half clergy and half laity, from every region of the globe that contains a United Methodist Church come together every 4 years to revise the Book of Discipline and set the direction for the church. The 2016 meeting was May 10-20, in Portland, Oregon.
- Just over half of the delegates come from the United States.
- General Conference is the only body that can officially speak for the United Methodist Church.
- There is a special called General Conference February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, to deal with the specific topic of human sexuality.
- Major issues revolve around same-sex marriages and ordination of those in same-sex relationships.
- The next regular General Conference is currently scheduled for May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Did you miss the livestream event with Bishop Sharma Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin and Martha Stokes covering General Conference 2019, the Commission on a Way Forward and the three plans going before the General Conference body in February 2019? If so, you can still find the resources, presentation slides and the livestream video at the link listed. The conference is appreciative of our speakers last night as well as all the sites who hosted this event. Go to www.vaumc.org/GC2019 for all the resources and the video.