2019 Special Session of the General Conference

Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church


Join Pastor Barb and Pastor Cody as we pray for the Special Session:  Praying Our Way Forward until the conclusion of the Special Session of General Conference which ends February 26, 2019.


Resources and Information on the 2019 Special Conference

The General Conference is the highest legislative body in The United Methodist Church. The voting membership consists of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates elected by the annual conferences. General Conference convenes every quadrennium (four years) to determine the denomination’s future direction. It is the only body that can speak officially for the denomination.

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to act on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. The 32-member Commission was appointed to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

The Commission on a Way Forward’s full report to General Conference, including all three plans that the Commission submitted to the Council of Bishops for their consideration. 

This two-page summary of the ‘Way Forward’ models  (One Church Plan, Connectional Conference Plan, and Traditionalist Plan) was prepared by Commission on a Way Forward member Dave Nuckols on October 21, 2018.

For additional information: 

Video Resources

Mountain Sky pastor, A.J. Bush, along with other staff, has created a series of videos to help explain the Special Session of General Conference in 2019. Feel free to share these with your congregation or ministry.

General Conference Explained

Commission on a Way Forward 

Special Session Explained 

Things to Keep in Mind


Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center February 23-26, 2019. 


Pastor Barb Offers Hope, Encouragement and Insight on the Special Conference


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