General Conference Wrap-up


General Conference addressed a wide range of topics during its April 24-May 4 gathering.




  • Retained the church’s position regarding homosexuality, deciding not to adopt language that would have said United Methodists are not of one mind on this issue;
  • Did away with “guaranteed appointments” for clergy;
  • Rejected a proposal for setting aside a bishop to serve as full-time president of the Council of Bishops;
  • Entered into full communion with a number of historically black pan-Methodist denominations;
  • Approved making the United Methodist Women an autonomous organization rather than operating it under the church's missions agency;
  • Created a national ministry plan for Pacific Islanders;
  • Adopted a $603.1 million budget for the 2013-2016 period; and
  • Decided not to divest from three companies whose products are used by the Israeli military in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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