General Conference

 General Conference

FAQs Related to General Conference and Separation
Find answers to questions submitted frequently to our email address, district superintendents or conference staff in this Frequently Asked Questions document. Information will be updated as new details are learned and as more questions arise. 

General Conference Postponed Until 2024

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.


Issue Guide

The Great Plains Conference has developed an issue guide to help clergy and congregations in a time of ecclesial discernment and possible restructuring in light of the eventual decisions of the General Conference. The purpose is to provide a tool for creating respectful, structured, and productive space for listening and sharing, praying and discerning. Download the guide.



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.

General Conference news


About delegates


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.