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General Conference 2019

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report (see link below) from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

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Praying Our Way Forward

As we move closer to this special-called session of General Conference, we invite all UMC members, across the denomination to pray and ask for God’s guidance as a part of the Praying Our Way Forward movement. More information

Information for Church Members 
As the special session draws closer, church members can enroll in the no-cost Exploring General Conference training course to better understand the importance and function of General Conference. The special session will also be live streamed in its entirety on UMC.org/live so that all United Methodists can be a part of this historic denominational event.

Day of Prayer: Saturday, February 23

The first day of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference will be a day of prayer and preparation. You can view the sessions via Livestream:

9 a.m. Opening Plenary Prayer Service

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Guided Experiential Prayer

2 p.m. Closing Plenary Prayer Service 


Daily Schedule for 2019 Special Session of the General Conference


Message from Bishop McAlilly as we prepare for General Conference

A Pastoral Message from Bishop Bill McAlilly from Cody Hickman on Vimeo.

Videos about Our Listening Sessions

The Tennessee Conference delegation held Listening Sessions in six locations throughout the conference in Fall of 2018. Over 900 people attended. If you were unable to attend and would like to know more, please watch the series of videos below.

A Message from the Tennessee Conference Delegation

Delegation leaders, Jim Allen and Harriet Bryan discuss how the delegation members have prepared for this special session of general conference.

About Listening Sessions and the History of the Issue

Listen Session facilitators, Vin Walkup, Tom Laney, and Lynn Hill provide some context for the upcoming general conference session.

Tone of the Listening Sessions

The facilitators discuss the emotional tone and concerns expressed in the Listening Sessions.

What Will Happen at General Conference and Advice for Congregations

A day-to-day overview of what is planned for the special session in St. Louis as well as advice on what congregations can do once an outcome is announced.

How to contact the Tennessee Conference delegates

You may contact the whole Tennessee Conference delegation via the email address: COWF@tnumc.org.

Answers to Frequent Questions

Gathered for Mission, Structured to Serve: A General Conference Primer Q & A: 2019 Special Session information

report from the commission

Way Forward Report – Final – ENGLISH

judicial council ruling

Judicial Council Decision No. 1366 Reaction from Council of Bishops

UM News article (Oct. 26) Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional 

Additional Information

COWF 3 Plan Quick Reference Sheet

Committee on Reference to meet in January

Board of Church and Society offers essential values for ‘Way Forward’ for General Conference 2019 Discussion OutlinesCourageous Conversation about the Way Forward Commission On A Way Forward: 5 Things You Need to Know  


Commission on a Way Forward Briefing: Q & A with Mike Slaughter and Tom Berlin One Church Plan: Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball Traditionalist Plan: Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball Connectional Conference Plan: Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball

who votes for the Tennessee Conference?

Elected General Conference delegates from the Tennessee Conference.

The Tennessee Annual Conference elected lay and clergy delegates to represent TNUMC at the General Conference. Those delegates are as follows:   Laity                                                              Clergy                                               Jim Allen                                                          Harriet Bryan Holly Neal                                                        Jacob Armstrong Connie Clark                                                    Stephen Handy George Brown                                                 Jackson Henry Alternate delegates who may serve if our General Conference delegates cannot: Clergy: Max Mayo, Bryan Brooks, Tommy Ward, Cherie Parker Laity: Joy Lewter, Angela Overstreet, Kent McNish, Heather Bennett It is important to note that bishops do NOT vote at General Conference. If you want to express your views, ask a question, or request that our delegation vote a certain way, you may contact the whole delegation via the email address: COWF@tnumc.org.    

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