Information on United Methodist General Conference 2020

Updated January 20th, 2020

This coming Spring, the global United Methodist Church body will gather for General Conference. General Conference is the only group that makes official decisions or statements for our denomination. From May 5 through May 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 862 delegates (half clergy, half laity), elected by their annual conferences will meet together from all over the world. It’s worth noting that 44% of the voting delegates are from outside the United States.

Our denomination is currently in the midst of a unique and challenging time with a strong potential for separation. We want to do our best to share trustworthy resources as plans for the future of the church become public. Below are links to information to help you understand some of the major issues being considered in May. As always, please feel free to reach out to one of the pastors with any questions, comments, or concerns. Braddock Street UMC will also be holding our own Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 PM. The guest speaker will be Rev. Tom Berlin, head of the Virginia Conference delegation to General Conference.

 

Resources

January 26, Winchester District Town Hall Meeting 

Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation

 

Links

United Methodist News article announcing Protocol

United Methodist News, Frequently Asked Questions about the Protocol

Livestream presentation by those who developed the Protocol

Chart Comparing Proposals of Separation to General Conference 2020