General and Jurisdictional Conferences

  • Comparing Plans Headed To GC2020

    Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has updated its chart outlining denomination restructuring plans to be considered at the 2020 General Conference. The plans include the recently announced "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." View chart
    Diverse leaders' group offers separation plan

  • Watch Livestreamed Panel Discussion on Separation Plan

    Members of the team that developed a new proposal for The United Methodist Church's future will be interviewed in a livestreamed panel discussion on Monday, Jan. 13. Conducted by UM News, the 60-minute interview will be streamed on the UM News Facebook page and umnews.org beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time. The interview will be recorded and archived on umnews.org for future viewing. Read story
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  • Reflection from Bishop Jung on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

    My sacred and beloved siblings in Christ, our Council of Bishops endorsed the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation proposal that offers an end to the current deep division in our United Methodist Church.  I have mixed feelings about the proposal and what it means.

    On the one hand, it not only recognizes our differences, but honors a very broad spectrum of beliefs, interpretations, visions, and desires for the church.  Not everyone will be happy, but that has been part of our dilemma – there is no way forward that everyone will agree with or support.  Our guidance to “Do No Harm,” comes to a place of doing the least harm possible in the short term, that we might do more good in the long term.  The Protocol offers a way for moderate and progressive United Methodists to be in ministry in a fully inclusive church and for traditionalists to continue in a ministry that honors certain restrictions.  This also recognizes that there is no healthy, adequate “one-size-fits-all” polity and doctrine for a wondrously diverse global church.  We have arrived at a place where graceful autonomy is required for different regions of our planet to make decisions that allow for effective ministry and witness.  The decisions most appropriate for The United Methodist Church in the United States are not appropriate for Africa, Russia, the Philippines, or other regions of our church.  We progress, we evolve, we adapt at different levels, in different ways, at different times.  In this case, unity has not been a strength. 

  • Council of Bishops Statement: Representatives Sign Agreement Aimed at Separation

    A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was achieved on December 17, 2019, and announced January 3, 2020. Read full Council of Bishops statement.

  • Delegates Offer Proposal for Church Unity

    United Methodist leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines are offering a "Christmas Covenant" for unity and inviting others to sign on. UM News reports. Read story

  • As GC2020 Nears, Fewer Keep to the Sidelines

    United Methodists across the theological spectrum are taking public stands on the homosexuality debate and strategizing for the coming General Conference. As denominational leaders weigh whether or how to split, more church members are speaking out. UM News reports. Read story

  • Revised Social Principles Reflect Worldwide Church

    For the past eight years, a diverse group of writers and editors has been revising the denomination's Social Principles, which long have been an expression of the Wesleyan commitment to social holiness for The United Methodist Church. The revision heads to the 2020 General Conference for approval. UM News reports. Read story

  • Wisconsin Delegation Endorses Dan Schwerin as Episcopal Candidate

    The Wisconsin Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conferences is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Rev. Dan Schwerin as a candidate for the office of Bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ). The vote took place at the delegation meeting on November 17, 2019, at First UMC in Tomah. Dan was the first clergy elected to the 2020 General Conference delegation during our last annual conference session, and he has served on previous delegations to the jurisdictional conference.

  • Bishops' Group Backs US Regional Conference

    The effort to create a new structure for U.S. decision-making received a boost from bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines. UM News reports. Read storyRead Connectional Table press release

  • Statement from North Central Jurisdiction Delegates

    General and jurisdictional delegates from the North Central Jurisdiction released a statement acknowledging and apologizing for harm to LGBTQ individuals in the past and for potential harm that could begin January 1, 2020, when the Traditional Plan goes into effect. The delegates also called for a moratorium on complaints related to same-gender weddings and LGBTQ identity and credentialing, and said they want to elect bishops in 2020 who will join in these commitments. Read press release

  • Ask The UMC and UM News: Comparing Plans Headed To GC2020

    A new chart summarizes and compares proposals that have been submitted from various groups to General Conference 2020 about the future of The United Methodist Church. The chart does not include plans from individuals and may be updated after all legislation is published. Read chart

  • Church Exit Plan Already in Effect, Court Says

    Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches that want to leave the denomination took effect last February, the church’s top court has ruled. The Judicial Council also issued no opinion on the “constitutionality, meaning, application or effect” of certain petitions of the Traditional Plan, adopted at the same special General Conference. And the court deferred until its next session a request on the question of improper voting related to the disaffiliation legislation. Linda Bloom from UM News reports. Read story

  • Wisconsin Conference Delegation Accepting Nominations for Episcopal Candidates

    The Wisconsin Conference Delegation has had a tradition of inviting input from United Methodists across the state as to whom it might consider to endorse as episcopal candidates for the upcoming Jurisdictional Conference. Therefore, we invite any Wisconsin United Methodist who would like to nominate an Elder to be considered for endorsement by the Delegation to please send the clergyperson’s name, along with a brief explanation of why you believe they would make a good bishop, to Don Cramer, the Delegation Secretary, by October 1, 2019.  

  • Connectional Table: Legislation for US Structure is Now Available

    The Connectional Table is publishing its legislative petition to create a U.S. Regional Conference, as well as a one-page frequently asked questions sheet and a narrative booklet. The Connectional Table, which collaborated closely with Wespath on this legislation, shares the legislation and educational materials in hopes it is helpful to 2020 General Conference delegations.

  • UM News To Host Pre-General Conference Briefing

    United Methodist News will host a pre-General Conference news briefing Jan. 23-24 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville in preparation for the 2020 General Conference. The briefing aims to help delegates, communicators, agency and annual conference staff and other interested parties prepare for the denomination's legislative body when it meets in Minneapolis May 5-15. Read press release
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  • What to Expect at General Conference 2020

    Organizers used 20/20 hindsight in planning the 2020 General Conference. Among the changes coming are stricter credential requirements for delegates and some proposed rule changes. Read story
    Read press release on GC2019 report

  • Bishops, Agency Respond to GC2019 Vote Probe

    The United Methodist Church's bishops and finance agency are taking action in response to the investigation into fraudulent voting at the special 2019 General Conference. UM News reports. Read story
    Read Council of Bishops press release