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General Conference

General Conference

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 was 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 was currently scheduled for May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but because of Covid-19 has been rescheduled to 2021.
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