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October 26, 2020

Should General Conference go virtual?

With no end in sight to the deadly pandemic, a number of United Methodist leaders are urging that General Conference be virtual — if it’s to be held at all next year.

March 23, 2020

General Conference postponed until 2021

The Commission on the General Conference will work toward setting a specific date following this year's postponement.

March 19, 2020

COVID-19 forces postponement of 2020 General Conference

No new date has been scheduled for the global meeting.

March 13, 2020

Bishops request postponement of General Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church...

February 03, 2020

Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin chosen as Florida Conference candidate in 2020 episcopal election in the Southeastern Jurisdiction

She has a long, passionate desire to pursue social justice for everyone.

January 30, 2020

Statement from Southeastern Jurisdiction Heads of Delegation regarding Protocol:

We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the Protocol of...

March 19, 2019

General, Jurisdictional 2020 delegate nominees listed

At least 101 clergy and lay members of Florida Conference churches will vie for a total of 46 slots for delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, according to Rev. Cory Britt, chair of the Elections Procedures Committee.

February 04, 2019

Special Session GC to begin with day of prayer Feb. 23

The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.

September 26, 2018

Young People’s Convocation unites in praise, worship

In Johannesburg, South Africa, it brought together about 300 youth and young adults from 40 nations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the merger between the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren

May 23, 2016

General Conference 2016 summary

General Conference wrapped up on Friday, May 20, and below are highlights of some accomplishments, ...

May 19, 2016

All things are possible

I love the church. I am not naive about the church, or my own human nature, but I love the church. I loved serving as a pastor in the local church, and now I am blessed in the ministry of being a bishop. My love for the church recognizes her flaws; we hold the treasure of the gospel in earthen vessels, Paul wrote, to show that the transcendent belongs to God and not to us.

May 09, 2016

'We Are More' site shares faith stories

In this season of General Conference, the Missouri Conference is sharing a website called "We Are More," a series of compelling stories of faith.

April 29, 2016

GC 2016: Young Clergy Initiative up for renewal

Delegates to General Conference 2016 will be asked to renew funding for the Young Clergy Initiative. The grant-based program, created by General Conference 2012, aims to bolster the ranks of young pastors in The United Methodist Church. While officials say it is too soon for statistical evidence that the program is working, anecdotal accounts offer encouragement.

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