As the pandemic continues and the wait time for visas stretches to over two years in some countries, the Commission on the General Conference announced that the 2020 General Conference cannot be held in 2022 due to COVID-related and governmental policies/constraints. A virtual alternative to General Conference is not feasible. Read the press release.
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. urges congregations focus on their mission and work in their communities as they wait for the 2024 meeting. Read his letter in response to the postponement of General Conference here.
Bishop Bruce Ough, host bishop for the 2020 General Conference, preached in the opening worship led by Raymond Trapp, General Conference worship leader.
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.
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.
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.
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.