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Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference

The Commission on the General Conference made a decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until August 29 – September 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minn. as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel. Read the press release.

In response to the further postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the Council of Bishops (COB) is calling a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened online on May 8, 2021. Read the press release.


About General Conference


Pre-General Conference Briefing Opening Sermon

Bishop Bruce Ough, host bishop for the 2020 General Conference, preached in the opening worship led by Raymond Trapp, General Conference worship leader.


Download Bishop Ough's sermon text.


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This Year's Theme:  "... And Know That I Am God"

The theme of General Conference provides a touchstone for remaining centered in God's grace and also as a guide for interactions at the assembly.

Download the presentation.

How General Conference Will Work

The General Conference leadership team guided delegates through the legislative process, sharing insights on how petitions are handled, parliamentary procedures, voting, and other vital topics.


Judicial Council's Role

The United Methodist Church's top court plays a critical role at General Conference. An expert explained how the Judicial Council has had a major impact on past assemblies.


Conversation with Bishop Saenz – Protocol of Reconciliation


Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. provides an explanation and then takes questions regarding the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. This conversation took place at the Orders and Fellowship clergy gathering in Lincoln on January 15, 2020.

Download the bishop's PowerPoint file, which includes notes used in the presentation.