Choirs Needed for 2020 General Conference

Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which meets in Minneapolis, Minn. from May 5 -15, 2020. To apply for an invitation to General Conference, groups are asked to […]

Statement from the Council of Bishops regarding the Judicial Council Decision

October 26, 2018 In service to the delegates of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, the Council of Bishops asked for a declaratory decision of the Judicial Council regarding the constitutionality of the three plans contained in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. In a unanimous decision, the Judicial Council raised questions regarding […]

Tennessee Delegation Prepares for 2019 Special Session of General Conference

The Tennessee Conference delegation met on Wednesday, October 17, to discuss and reflect on the initial pre General Conference Way Forward listening sessions.  The delegation continued discussion on the three proposed plans and are preparing for February 2019’s Special General Conference Session in St. Louis. The three remaining conference wide listening sessions will be held […]

New Book of Discipline Errata includes changes related to Paragraph 50

September 14, 2018 A new edition of the Book of Discipline 2016 Errata is now available which includes changes to paragraphs 408.3, 410, and 422. These changes were tied to a constitutional amendment on Paragraph 50 of the Constitution that was passed by the 2016 General Conference and subsequently ratified by the members of the […]

Helping Congregations Have Conversations about The Way Forward Plans

United Methodist congregations can face potentially difficult discussions about plans submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward by using resources available from the Courageous Conversations project at Discipleship Ministries. The commission’s three plans, which will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, offer ways to move the denomination past its decades-long […]

Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

May 17, 2018 NASHVILLE — The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church concluded its ninth and final meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday (May 16). The Commission met nine times over 17 months. The Commission reviewed a wide variety of petitions presented as legislation to previous General Conferences regarding human sexuality […]

Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; two fail to get two-thirds majority

May 7, 2018 WASHINGTON, D. C.  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference. Summary of Votes by Annual Conferences Amendment Total “Yes” Votes Total “No” Votes % of Yes Votes Amendment I 31,304 […]

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

May 4, 2018 CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council […]