General Conference is the highest legislative body in The United Methodist Church, where delegates gather from all over the world to consider revisions to church law and adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. The General Conference also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs for the next four years.


General Conference usually convenes once every four years to determine the denomination’s future direction, however, General Conference has been postponed several times due to the pandemic and the assembly was unable to meet in 2020., which means the last regular session was in May 2016.  The coming General Conference, is now scheduled for April 23-May 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and comes at a particularly momentous time.


A Beginner’s Guide to General Conference is helpful for understanding how General Conference works.

If you plan to be in Charlotte for the conference, be sure to visit the General Conference Welcome site.

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