2020 General Conference Information from District Connectional Ministries

The District Connectional Ministries wants to share information about the 2020 General Conference. To that end a series of email blasts are created which will share resources. These resources will include links to online resources. It is our hope that pastors and church leaders will use this information to inform your congregations; to let people know what happens and what is going on at this year’s General Conference.

  • The first blast will be conventional information about what General Conference is about. There is a video that explains General Conference.
  • The second blast will give an overview of the 2020 General Conference. The agenda for this year’s conference.
  • The third blast will give information about the potential split of the United Methodist denomination. Several different proposals are on the table and will be considered.

This site collates all the major plans in one section along with the coverage given to each by UM News.

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/gc2020-proposed-plans

Advance Advocate contains all of the proposed legislation for the 2020 General Conference. It is the official printed document for the General Conference. Delegates from each Annual Conference receive this information ahead of time via mail and are expected to read and familiarize themselves with it all. Every bit of proposed legislation (petitions) must be dealt with as the General Conference.

https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/general-conference-2020-advance-daily-christian-advocate

Proposed Plans https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/gc2020-proposed-plans

Summary breakdown of General Conference:

This is an article that gives a summary of a pre-General Conference briefing. It covers the separation plans and protocol plan. The following are covered: sustaining clergy pensions, proposed changes to bishops, revised social principles (no mention of homosexuality), and need for prayer.

https://www.umnews.org/en/news/foretaste-of-whats-on-the-table-at-gc2020

New Retirement Proposal:

https://www.wespath.org/assets/1/7/5447.pdf

New Social Principles Proposal:

https://www.umcjustice.org/news-and-stories/social-principles-2020-607

WCA Proposed Discipline: This link is a downloadable copy of the Wesley Covenant Association’s draft document that would replace the UM Book of Discipline for the proposed “traditionalist” Methodist denomination if a split occurs. It is a draft document meant to be perfected.

https://wesleyancovenant.org/2019/11/06/wesleyan-covenant-association-releases-book-of-doctrines-and-discipline/

2020 General Conference Information from Greenwood District Connectional Ministries

The District Connectional Ministries wants to share information about the 2020 General Conference. To that end a series of email blasts are created which will share resources. These resources will include links to online resources. It is our hope that pastors and church leaders will use this information to inform your congregations; to let people know what happens and what is going on at this year’s General Conference.

  • The first blast will be conventional information about what General Conference is about. There is a video that explains General Conference.
  • The second blast will give an overview of the 2020 General Conference. The agenda for this year’s conference.
  • The third blast will give information about the potential split of the United Methodist denomination. Several different proposals are on the table and will be considered.

Courageous Conversations / Getting Your Congregation Ready for General Conference https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/helping-your-congregation-get-ready-for-general-conference

Blast #1

What is General Conference?

Here is a link to a video shown at the General Conference listening sessions. It gives an overview of what General Conference is all about.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=U2MLEFn3b8M&feature=emb_logo

Here is a United Methodist link that gives general information about General Conference. It gives regular updates of what is going on at General Conference.

The main site gives an overview of what will happen at 2020 General Conference. You can access the schedule, track legislation and download all documents related to the GC. The Daily Christian Advocate is a list of all legislation proposed to the 2020 GC. This network provides helpful links with information about 2020 GC.

Main Site https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/general-conference-2020 and https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/general-conference-2020/resources

This GC Primer is a resource that answers questions about GC. What is General Conference? What does the GC decide? Who attends GC? How is GC conducted? What is the Book of Discipline and the Bo0k of Resolutions?

GC Primer http://www.umcom.org/news/gathered-for-mission-structured-to-serve-a-general-conference-primer

This is a graphic about the United Methodist structure.

Our Connectional Structure https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/connectional-structure-graphic

Bishop Jonathan Holston’s Statement Following UMC Bishops’ First Post-GC2019 Meeting

This week, the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church called for a “season of deep listening” and pledged to “seek new ways of being in relationship” as we continue in prayer, conversation and discernment about the future of our church.

As a sign of our commitment to remaining in mission and ministry together as a connectional church, the Council of Bishops has created from within its membership a Servant Listening Team to come alongside ongoing discussions in many corners of our Connection.

I support any efforts to find common ground upon which we can remain united in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

I encourage everyone to read, reflect and pray over the pastoral word offered by the Council of Bishops.

And I once again prayerfully ask all South Carolina United Methodists to keep talking and listening to one another, to lift up what unites us, and to keep our focus on our mission as we walk together toward a future with hope.

Grace and Peace,

L. Jonathan Holston