The 864 delegates to next year’s special General Conference face a large task and only a short time to do it. But whatever decisions the delegates make, the plan is for them to decide together--without the usual prologue of meeting in multiple legislative committees.

The Commission on General Conference, the international group of clergy and laity who plan the big meeting, has set the number of legislative committees at one. And all delegates will be on it. Commission members--meeting Oct. 3-5 at the United Methodist retreat center Epworth by the Sea--voted for the plan unanimously. The move does not require any changes to the General Conference rules that delegates approved in 2016.

Read Commission on the General Conference press release.

Read UM News story.