A Way Forward

About General Conference

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets at the beginning of each quadrennium to consider revisions to 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 for the next four years. A special session of the General Conference has been called for February 23-26, 2019, and will meet at the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Click here for more information about the called General Conference session

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

From the Commission on a Way Forward: This report to the Special Session of the General Conference from the Commission on a Way Forward is submitted out of a desire to serve our whole church and particularly the delegations who will gather in February, 2019. It is offered in the context of a global church on four continents, in the four official languages of the church, and in an attempt to share material that honors this reality. This report is the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and is shared directly with the special session of the General Conference.

Here is the link to the English Version.
Here is the link to the French Version.
Here is the link to the Portuguese Version.
Here is the link to the Swahili Version.
Here is the link to the Spanish Version.

Advance Daily Christian Advocate now available online

The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is accessible online now. The Book of Discipline requires that the ADCA be available to delegates at least 90 days before the opening day of General Conference. 

Regarding the petitions printed in the ADCA: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. Read press release 


Bishop Lawson Bryan spent time in each of the Conference’s six districts to discuss the Way Forward report with clergy and laity. During the meetings, the Bishop shared a video that highlights the specifics of each of the three proposed plans, taking them in the order listed in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. 

Click here to watch the video.

Judicial Council rules on Way Forward plan 

The United Methodist Council of Bishops asked for a ruling on the constitutionality of three legislative plans heading to the 2019 special General Conference. The Judicial Council met Oct. 23-26 in Zurich, Switzerland. In their findings, the Judicial Council pointed out the constitutional problems with both the One Church Plan and the Traditional Plan. Because the Connectional Conference plan already contains proposed constitutional changes required for implementation, the court declined to review the Connectional Conference plan at this time.

Read the full digest of the Judicial Council's declaratory decision.

Read an article from United Methodist News Services about the decision.


Click here to view a timeline for the Way Forward conversation.