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Delegates from the Tennessee and Memphis conferences are attending the special session of General Conference.

The Council of Bishops 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 was to 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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Post General Conference Message from the Bishop and Delegation Leaders | March 10 at 3 p.m.

Bishop McAlilly and the leaders of the Tennessee and Memphis Conference delegations to General Conference 2019 plan to present a live-streamed message on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. (remember to change your clock for Daylight Savings Time).  A link to this live-stream will be available via this website and the bishop’s blog as well as on social media. You may send questions to help the bishop prepare for this message.

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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:

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: