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Conference communications is committed to providing you with accurate updates, access to General Conference resources—such as how to watch General Conference on live stream, as well as scriptural resources like “Navigating Tension Series” and “Praying Our Way Forward.”

1. Is there a special prayer team for praying the way forward?

Yes, and you are welcome to join it. Praying Our Way Forward is the prayer community for The United Methodist Church that is praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. To see a brief video about this prayer community, find resources and a prayer schedule, click here. All are invited to pray at 2:23-2:26 daily as these represent the dates of the General Conference. If those times don’t meet your schedule, please choose another time to pray daily for the church and all the delegates who will be going to St. Louis.   

2. What is the status of faith communities in the Mississippi Conference who have left The United Methodist Church?

To view the most up-to-date information on the members who have expressed the desire and pursued the process to leave The United Methodist Church here in the Mississippi Conference, click here. We are committed to maintaining the unity of the church and regret when members choose to leave. Our hope is that we can navigate our differences to a place where we can love and serve with one another to be the church that Christ intends as we work together for the Kingdom of God.  

We may be unable to share details in cases where faith communities pursing leaving The United Methodist Church become legal matters.

3. What is the process that is used when members decide to leave the conferences?

The 213 process—as explained in paragraph 213 of The 2016 Book of Discipline—discerns and explores the potential viability for the ministry of a church. 

4. When and how will results be released?

The 2019 Called Session of General Conference will be streamed live for the duration of the conference. There will be a news brief released everyday called The Daily Christian Advocate. News and updates will also be posted on the Mississippi Conference website and Facebook page – The Mississippi United Methodist Conference.

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