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General Conference 2016

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs. 

General Conference Recap - South Georgia Advocate 

Click here to read the May 23 edition of the South Georgia Advocate.

General Conference Recap from United Methodist News Service

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News Stories

GC2016 wrap-up: debate, decisions, deferment

GC2016 approves Bishop's plan, votes to name a special commission; a note from Bishop King on Council of Bishop's plan

GC2016 passes $604 million general church budget; a note from Dr. Derek McAleer

GC2016: Live Stream Archives and Video Wrap-up

GC2016: Snapshots from the South Georgia delegation

GC2016: South Georgia historian, United Methodist presents report to General Conference

Votes of Note: Legislation from General Conference 2016 at a glance

A Note from Bishop King on the adopted plan, "A New Way Forward" 

As the 2016 General Conference session concluded today, many in our denomination, as well as many of you back home, leave with questions about the approved Council of Bishops plan entitled, “A New Way Forward.” 

Bishop King offers the following statement about this plan:

To my beloved South Georgia Annual Conference:

The Council of Bishops will be meeting the Saturday after General Conference. We will release a statement for clarity and direction regarding the naming of a special commission to bring recommendations back to General Conference on disciplinary paragraphs related to human sexuality. There have been no changes in The Book of Discipline around human sexuality. Please be prayerfully patient.

With love,

Your Bishop,
James King

General Conference Daily Updates: South Georgia Edition

Friday, May 20: Budget approved, General Conference concludes

Thursday, May 19: New missionaries, votes to note

Wednesday, May 18: Delegates adopt 'a new way forward' plan put forth by Bishops

Tuesday, May 17: Schism rumors squashed 

Monday, May 16: Week Two begins with elections, celebrations, protests

Saturday, May 14: Young ambassadors share hope, committee work finishes

Friday, May 13: Laity Address, State of the Church report

Thursday, May 12: Rule 44 does not pass

Wednesday, May 11: Episcopal address, more Rule 44 debate

Tuesday, May 10: General Conference Opens with Worship and Communion

Monday, May 9: One Day Until General Conference  

The 2016 South Georgia Conference Delegation to General Conference. From L to R: Mr. Bill Hatcher, Mrs. Allison Lindsey, Rev. Don Adams, Rev. Jay Hanson, Mr. Carl Childs, Rev. Jim Cowart, Dr. Bob Moon, and Mr. Larry Price.


General Conference in Review

For analysis, news stories, follow up, and looking back: 

Live Stream Archives: Find on-demand and downloadable versions of the daily General Conference plenary sessions, worship, and addresses. VIEW ARCHIVES

Legislation Tracking: Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter for information regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation. TRACK LEGISLATION 

General Conference Website: Continue to read news from General Conference 2016 at the General Conference website. VIEW SITE 

Social Media Follow the hashtags #UMCGC and #GC2016 as the conversation continues.

UMNS News & Photos News Stories by UMNS || Photos by UMNS

South Georgia Conference GC2016 Webpage
Find news and information from the South Georgia Conference relating to General Conference

Photo Files
Photo Album for Monday, May 16
Photo Album for Tuesday, May 17
Photo Album for Wednesday, May 18
Photo Album for Thursday, May 19
Photo Album for Friday, May 20

Daily Christian Advocate 
The Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) is the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference.

May 20, 2016 - 05-20 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 10; pages 2577-2720)
May 19, 2016 - 05-19 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 9; pages 2481 to 2576)
May 18, 2016 - 05-18 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 8; pages 2369 to 2480)
May 17, 2016 - 05-17 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 7 pages 2273-2368)
May 16, 2016 - 05-16 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 6; pages 2145-2270) 
May 14, 2016 - 05-14 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 5; pages 2049-2144)
May 13, 2016 05-13 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 4; pages 1921-2048)
May 12, 2016 05-12 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 3; pages 1873-1920)
May 11, 2016 05-11 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 2; pages 1825-1872)
May 10, 2016 05-10 DCA (Vol. 4, No. 1; pages 1649-1824)

See the Advance Daily Christian Advocate, which contains all of the legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates.



South Georgia Delegation

Members of the delegation, and the legislative committees on which they will serve, include:


General Conference:
Bill Hatcher || Legislative Committee: General Administration
Allison Lindsey || Legislative Committee: Faith and Order
Larry Price || Legislative Committee: Discipleship
Carl Childs || Legislative Committee: Financial Administration

Jurisdictional Conference:
Marianne Wright (alternate to GC)
Richard Shinhoster (alternate to GC)
Kelly Roberson
Miriam Hagan

Gloria Morgan
Rus Black


General Conference:
Don Adams || Legislative Committee: Ministry and Higher Education
Jay Hanson || Legislative Committee: Judicial Administration
Bob Moon || Legislative Committee: Local Church
Jim Cowart || Legislative Committee: Church and Society 2

Jurisdictional Conference:
Denise Walton (alternate to GC)
Scott Hagan (alternate to GC)
Robert Beckum
Doreen Smalls

Stacey Harwell-Dye

Delegate Breakdown from annual conferences and central conferences

Total General Conference delegates = 864

Total General Conference delegates from South Georgia = 8

Breakdown of Delegate Count

General Conference prayer observance

60 Days of Prayer for General Conference 

The Upper Room has created resources for 60 Days of Prayer to help every local congregation pray with the delegates and church leaders for the 2016 General Conference. The 60 days of prayer begin March 31 and extends through May 29. The denomination’s legislative assembly is May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. The prayer guide is available online, as a PDF download and a daily email service. Prayer-bead kits with a commemorative medallion are also available. Get resources


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