General Conference 2019
The Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist
Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
NC Conference Delegation
The NC Conference has 16 delegates and four alternates attending General Conference.
Advance Daily Christian Advocate
The Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) contains the agenda, rules, delegate listings, petitions, reports from the general agencies/commissions and study committees, information for delegates, and codes of conduct for the 2019 General Conference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some common questions.
How is The UMC organized?
United Methodist leaders often speak of the denomination as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning.
The United Methodist structure and organization began as a means of accomplishing the mission of spreading scriptural holiness. Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” a network of classes, societies, and annual conferences.
Today, our denomination continues to be organized in a “connectional” system, which “enables us to carry out our mission in unity and strength” (Book of Discipline, ¶ 701). Every local church is linked to an interconnected network of organizations that join together in mission and ministry, allowing us to accomplish far more than any one local church or person could alone.
Within the connectional structure of The United Methodist Church, conferences provide the primary groupings of people and churches for discernment and decision-making. Wesley described Christian conferencing as a spiritual discipline through which God’s grace may be revealed. At every level of the connection, church leaders and members come together in
As the primary legislative body, General Conference is the only entity with the authority to speak on behalf of the entire United Methodist Church. The General Conference meets every four years to consider the business and mission of the church. An equal number of lay and clergy delegates are elected from United Methodist conferences around the world to decide matters of policy and procedure for the denomination. Learn more.
There are five geographic jurisdictions, or regions, in the United States, which are comprised of eight to 15 annual conferences each. Learn more.
In Africa, Europe
The annual conference is a geographical entity, an organizational body (made up of elected lay and clergy members), and a yearly meeting. It is the fundamental body of the church (Book of Discipline, ¶ 11). Learn more.
Each local church is part of a district, which is an administrative grouping of churches in a geographic area. Learn more.
Charge Conferences and Local Churches
As the visible presence of the body of Christ, the local church is the place where members grow in faith and discipleship, putting their faith into action through ministry in the world. Learn more.
Who is the Commission on a Way Forward?
The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Learn more about the Commission at UMC.org.
Is GC 2019 replacing the 2020 session?
No. General Conference 2019 is a called Special Session. General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
How can I watch GC 2019?
Who attends General Conference?
The voting membership consists of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates elected by the annual conferences. In the NC Conference, we have 16 delegates and four alternates. See our delegation list.
Where can I find the reports to be discussed at GC 2019?
The final report from the Commission on a Way Forward, and other GC 2019 resources, can be found on the UMC.org website.
When/where is the GC 2019 session?
General Conference 2019 is February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Why is there a session in 2019?
The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.
How often does General Conference meet?
General Conference convenes every quadrennium (four years) unless a special session is called by the Council of Bishops.
What is General Conference?
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. It is the only body that can speak officially for the denomination. Learn more about General Conference on the UMC.org website.