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:
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.
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.