Wisconsin Annual Conference members are invited to provide feedback to the "Draft of The General Book of Discipline,” as requested by the 2016 General Conference. In 2 Peter 3:16, the apostle writes about the letters of Paul: "Some of his remarks are hard to understand". In a similar way, many United Methodists say the same about portions of The Book of Discipline, "some of these paragraphs are hard to understand,"and many say "some of these paragraphs do not relate to our context of ministry."General Conference 2012 mandated the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters with clarifying which paragraphs in Part VI of the Book of Discipline (Part VI: Organization and Administration) apply for all regions of the world, and which paragraphs may be adapted by Central Conferences. 

The Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters submitted a "Draft of a General Book of Discipline" to General Conference 2016. The draft is a partial fulfillment as it covers only chapters 1-4 and 6 of Part VI. General Conference 2016 received the Draft with appreciation and confirmed that a consultation shall be held in all Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church worldwide during the year 2017.Our Wisconsin Conference Task Force for this initiative has set up listening sessions for those who want to give feedback in person, as well as an anonymous form for online feedback. Click here to read the draft, and click here for more information and to fill out the form with your feedback.

Below is the schedule for listening sessions. For more information, contact

  • Date TBD - Waukesha First United Methodist Church
  • Saturday, November 11th, 10 a.m. - Noon - Madison: Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Thursday, October 5th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Appleton: First United Methodist Church (Asbury Lounge)
  • Saturday, October 7th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Wausau First United Methodist Church
  • Saturday, September 23rd, 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Eau Claire: Lakestreet United Methodist Church
  • Thursday, September 14th - School of Ministry (during lunch break)