Following General Conference 2019, many are contemplating what the future of The United Methodist Church will look like. With much attention on divisive issues, it is easy to forget the shared values and ministry that bring us together. United Methodists continue to share a common calling from God to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. From their beginnings and moved by the Holy Spirit, United Methodists have always found creative ways to live out the church's mission in different places and situations.
Recognizing the on-going response, United Methodist Communications has launched a new campaign called "The Movement Continues."
"This campaign is an important reminder that the church will continue in our mission no matter how it might be structured or what the outcome of the 2019 Special Session may be," said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. "God calls us in various ways, and we have responded throughout the church's history, up until the present day and into the future. Our call does not change."
"The Movement Continues" resources use words and images illustrating different ways God's calling moves us to action. Print them to insert in your church bulletin or use a favorite image in your newsletter. Share them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. UMC.org has articles and videos telling the stories of United Methodists past and present being moved by God's call.
You can also use these resources in small groups, as devotionals for meetings and in other settings to spark conversation around how your church can continue to respond to God's call. Use the questions below and in this downloadable discussion guide to help you get started.
During General Conference 2019, United Methodist delegates from around the world worshiped together, discussed complex issues and passed legislation regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy. The Special Session of General Conference was held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Update
GC 2019 Final Update e-blast
Monday, February 25, 2019 Update
GC 2019 Sunday Recap e-blast
Sunday, February 24, 2019 Update
GC 2019 Sunday Update e-blast
Saturday, February 23, 2019
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.
Conference communications is committed to providing you accurate information. Find the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate here. As more details are finalized and more information released on the 2019 Called Session of General Conference, you can find updates on the conference website here. If you’re not already receiving conference e-blasts, you can sign up at the bottom of the homepage and opt in to various conference communications. Also, have news delivered right to you Facebook feed by liking the conference’s Facebook page.
Watch the video below to learn more on General Conference 2019 coverage for the Mississippi Conference.
There’s a lot of information—and misinformation— being shared from numerous sources about possible outcomes of the called session and how what happens there will impact The United Methodist Church and our local churches. Sometimes it gets hard to sift through all the noise.
To download this video and share it with your churches, click here.
Your HQ for General Conference 2019 Information and Updates
Watch GC 2019 Live Video Stream
The special session will be livestreamed in its entirety beginning Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9:00 a.m. through Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. Central time on UMC.org/live so that all United Methodists can be a part of this historic denominational event.
The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Click here to find the schedule for the Day of Prayer.
The two-fold purpose of the day is to pray for:
After six listening sessions in various areas around the conference with clergy and lay, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. sits down to talk about the purpose of those listening sessions. He gives a brief summary of the most commonly repeated concerns that were expressed about the Commission on a Way Forward and the 2019 Called Session of General Conference, and he responds to those concerns.
This frequently asked questions (FAQs) document was created with the goal of bringing clarity to several subjects that were asked about online and during the recent six listening sessions. The listening sessions where about the Called Session of General Conference that will take place February 23-26, 2019. The two paragraphs of The 2016 Book of Discipline that will be discussed at the Called Session of General Conference are:
¶ 304.3: The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.
¶ 341.6: Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.
Find delegation members' names, email addresses and hopes for the 2019 Called Session of General Conference here.
Chaos and divisiveness seem to be prevalent in our nation, our communities and even our churches. Tension builds daily around various issues within our faith communities.
In this series, “Navigating Tension,” Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. shares with the Mississippi Conference the landscape of our current climate, what wisdom Scripture provides about dealing with times of uncertainty and conflict and how we—the church—can live faithfully and be fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ in times of tension. Click here to view the series.
Exploring General Conference Training Course
As the special session draws closer, church members can enroll in the no‑cost Exploring General Conference training course to better understand the importance and function of General Conference.
The Movement Continues
The foundation of The United Methodist Church has always been to follow God’s call of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We do that in many ways and many places. Yesterday. Today. Forever.
On this page you will find stories of United Methodists responding to their own calls and more about our Wesleyan heritage as the people of The United Methodist Church.