The United Methodist Church will convene its next General Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 5-15, 2020. The General Conference is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates that generally meets every four years. The delegates are elected by annual conferences (at annual conference sessions) to attend General Conference. They represent all annual conferences around the world. Half of the delegates are laity (non-clergy members), half are clergy.
During the 2019 Annual Conference session, Bishop Bryan shared that the Leadership Forum Task Force would continue to meet throughout this year to provide updates to the Conference concerning the conversations going on in The United Methodist Church as preparations are made for General Conference 2020 in May.
One possibility mentioned was a conference-wide gathering in November. To be good stewards of everyone’s time, Bishop Bryan and the Task Force have decided to release their update report in the form of a two-part video: Part 1 | Part 2.
Last week, during the Leadership Forum’s fall meeting, the Task Force shared these videos with the full membership of the Leadership Forum. As the Task Force continues to meet, they will discern if a live stream event or an in-person, conference-wide meeting is warranted. At this point, the videos will serve to outline the work of the Task Force in considering all that is before the Conference.
“I hope that you will find these videos to be helpful as we stay calm, stay connected, and stay Alive Together in Witness,” Bishop Bryan said. “I am thankful to you for watching them and thankful to the Leadership Forum and the Task Force for helping us navigate the days and months ahead as we look towards General Conference 2020.”
General Conference Update (Nov. 2019) - Part 1 | Read transcript
General Conference Update (Nov. 2019) - Part 2 | Read transcript
The deadline for submitting petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference was September 18, 2019. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference...". To view legislation that has been submitted that we know of at this time click here.
From Bishop Bryan: I have appreciated the feedback I received from clergy and laity over the past year when I have asked for your input. This feedback is helpful to me, and I use it to help guide future conversations. I want to do the same thing as we approach the 2020 General Conference. Here is a link to communicate with me any thoughts you have at this point. Let’s keep the conversation going!