Timeline for a Way Forward

Timeline for A Way Forward

May 18, 2016: General Conference asks bishops to find a way forward.

October 24, 2016: Council of Bishops announces members of the Committee on a Way Forward.

January 23-26, 2017: First meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward is held in Atlanta.

January 14-21, 2018: South Georgia Conference Week of Prayer for the Commission on a Way Forward.

January - April, 2018: District Dialogues  
District Superintendents and District Lay Leaders lead district sessions for laity and clergy to discuss the Commission on a Way Forward's three sketches. 

March 19-22, 2018: Commission on a Way Forward, Meeting #8
Purpose: Based on the Council of Bishops feedback, the Commission will create a final draft report to send to the Council of Bishops.

April 29 – May 4, 2018: Council of Bishops Meeting
Purpose: Receive the final draft report from Commission on a Way Forward. Consider, amend, and vote on final report to go to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Additionally, the Council of Bishops will draft talking points for Bishops to use at Annual Conferences as well as a press release to release to the church.

May 14-17, 2018: Commission on a Way Forward, Meeting #9
Purpose: Receive final report from the Council of Bishops and plan for the Commission to support Bishops and provide presentations to Delegations as needed.

May 18, 2018 (no later than): Final Report Completed
Final report is sent to publisher and translators to translate and put into full electronic release format (total time needed to translate and paginate will be based on size of report)

May 23-25, 2018: Judicial Council Meeting

June 6 - 8, 2018: Petition Submission
Petitions for the 2019 special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may be submitted to the petitions secretary through July 8. Detailed instructions for formatting and submitting a petition are now available. Read press release | Instructions for submission

July 31, 2018: Final Report Released in all 4 official languages of General Conference
Final report in full release format is officially sent to the Secretary of the General Conference and released electronically by the Council of Bishops to the whole church.

Summer and Fall of 2018: Preparation
Delegations meet to read report and prepare.

August and September of 2018: District Meetings
Bishop Bryan holds district meetings for laity and clergy to discuss the final report from the Council of Bishops.

August 16 - Northwest District | 6:30 pm - 8 pm at St. Luke UMC, Columbus
August 20 - Northeast District | 6:00 pm - 8 pm at Pittman Park UMC, Statesboro
August 27 - South Central District | 6:30 pm - 8 pm at Valdosta FUMC
September 6 - Coastal District | 6:30 pm - 8 pm at Hinesville FUMC
September 9 - North Central District | 6 pm - 7:30 pm at Riverside UMC, Macon
September 18 - Southwest District | 6:30 pm - 8 pm at Avalon UMC, Albany

October 23-26, 2018: Judicial Council Meeting

February 23-26, 2019: Special Session of the General Conference
Laity and clergy delegates will prayerfully consider and act upon a way forward.