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General Conference 2020

A General Conference primer

Learn what General Conference is, how it works and who participates in this short introductory guide.

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Church leaders gather for the opening of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.
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General Church

What comes after GC2020 petitions deadline

The denomination’s top lawmaking body will see multiple options for the church’s future. But preparing takes months.

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The caption for the attached photo is: Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon and benediction during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
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General Conference 2020

United Methodist News Hosts Pre-General Conference Briefing

The Jan. 23-24 briefing aims to help delegates, communicators, agency and annual conference staff and others prepare for the denomination's legislative body when it meets in Minneapolis, Minn., May 5-15, 2020.

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Delegates Jorge Lockward and the Rev. Beth Ann Cook embrace during the closing moments of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The two had previously spoken on opposite sides in a debate over possible church exit plans. U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation General Conference approved. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

News

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Bishops confer over the issue of whether the legislative committee can refer items to the denomination's Judicial Council for review during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Clockwise from lower left are Bishops Thomas Bickerton, John Schol, David Bard, Julius C. Trimble and Cynthia Fierro Harvey. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Legislation

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(From right) David Valera, Patrick Scriven, Greg Nelson, the Rev. Karen Nelson and Linda Rhodes work in the newsroom at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Press Releases

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Delegate Gail Douglas-Boykin from the New York Conference speaks during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 25. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Resources

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