2019 Special Session of the General Conference

The General Conference is the highest legislative body in The United Methodist Church. The voting membership consists of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates elected by the annual conferences. General Conference convenes every quadrennium (four years) to determine the denomination's future direction. It is the only body that can speak officially for the denomination.

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to act on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. The 32-member Commission was appointed to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.


West Ohio has 8 clergy delegates, 2 reserve clergy delegates and 8 lay delegates, 2 reserve lay delegates. You may contact the West Ohio Delegation.


Bishop Gregory V. Palmer encourages all West Ohio United Methodists to participate daily in Praying Our Way Forward until the conclusion of the Special Session of General Conference which ends February 26, 2019.



The Commission on a Way Forward’s full report to General Conference, including all three plans that the Commission submitted to the Council of Bishops for their consideration. 

This two-page summary of the 'Way Forward' models  (One Church Plan, Connectional Conference Plan, and Traditionalist Plan) was prepared by Commission on a Way Forward member Dave Nuckols on October 21, 2018.

This two-page summary of Petitions & Judicial Council deletions was summarized by Commission on a Way Forward member, Dave Nuckols on October 28, 2018.

Judicial Council Ruling #1366 -  The Council of Bishops asked Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of the plans in the Way Forward Commission report — One Church, Traditional and Connectional Conference plans.

The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now. 

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Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center February 23-26, 2019. 



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Information for contacting members of the West Ohio Delegation

Send information or inquiries to all or select members of the delegation. Contact information will be required so delegation members may reply if needed.