2020 General Conference resources

GENERAL CONFERENCE POSTPONED

United Methodists will NOT gather for holy conferencing to set the future course of the denomination at the 2020 General Conference, May 5-15, in Minneapolis, Minn.  Due to the coronavirus, the Executive Committee of the General Commission on the General Conference made the decision March 18. Further details forthcoming.

How Do We Prepare?

As local churches prepare to respond to the decisions of General Conference 2020, the most important thing, says Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, is to pray. To that end, Bishop Easterling is inviting and encouraging United Methodists throughout the Baltimore-Washington Conference to enter into a time of prayer and fasting.  The Western Region will lead the way,  January 15 to February 14.  The Baltimore Region is next, from February 15 to March 14, followed by the Washington Region, March 15 to April 14. The Southern Region will wrap-up the effort from April 15 to May 15.

In addition, the bishop invites everyone to use the "Who Are We?" Bible study as a means of grace to help navigate through these turbulent times.

For what shall we pray? How shall we fast? A resource has been developed to help you and your congregation. 

NEW: Free online training course -- General Conference 101

NEW: Local Church options under separation plans - News Analysis

NEW: Key African group supports The Protocol

NEW: Looking at Financial Impact of the various plans - from GCFA

NEW: Think Tank to Look at GC2020 Possibilities

NEW: Read the proposed legislation from The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

NEW: Read the Jan/Feb/March issue of Circuit Rider magazine

Download and read the 2020 General Conference Guide

Read and download the possible financial impact of proposed legislation - GCFA doc

View the Study, Prayer, and Fasting resource from the Baltimore-Washington Conference

View and Download the "Who Are We?" Bible Study

Download the Advanced Daily Christian Advocate

Resources on the proposed updates to the Social Principles

View the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation proposal 

View the Agenda for the 2020 General Conference

View the official welcome site

See a contact list of the BWC delegates

At the session, several plans are being proposed by organizations to address The United Methodist response to LGBTQIA people and issues. The chart, below, was prepared by United Methodist News.

 
Download the 3-page PDF of the comparison chart.

(PDF comparison chart updated on January 9, 2020) 

Key Dates for The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

  • January 1, 2021 – Any new Methodist denominations that have already been legally constituted may begin to function.
  • May 15, 2021 – Deadline for registering intent to form New Methodist denomination.

Local churches do not need to vote to remain in The United Methodist Church.
Local Churches that disagree with the position of their Annual Conference may vote.
The voting threshold to join a New Methodist denomination will be either 50% plus 1 or two-thirds as established by the local church.

  • January 1, 2021 – Apportionments are set by, and paid to, any New Methodist denomination for those churches who have decided to align with it, unless the separation date is later.
  • Dec. 31, 2024 – Deadline for local churches to vote to align with a different Methodist denomination than their annual conference or to disaffiliate.

Annual Conferences do not have to vote to remain in The United Methodist Church.
20% of lay members to Annual Conference desiring a vote can trigger a vote.
57% must vote to join or form a New Methodist Denomination for the Annual Conference to separate.

  • July 1, 2021 – Deadline for annual conferences in the United States to vote to align with a New Methodist denomination.

 

  • July 1, 2021 – Deadline for bishops to notify their authorities of a desire to align with a New Methodist denomination.
  • July 1, 2021 – Deadline for clergy in the U.S. to notify their bishop and other authorities of a desire to align with a different Methodist denomination from that of their annual conference.
  • July 1, 2022 – Deadline for clergy outside the United States to notify their bishop and other authorities of a desire to align with a different Methodist denomination from that of their annual conference

 

Central Conferences do not have to vote to remain in The United Methodist Church.
A 2/3 vote to form or join a New Methodist denomination.

  • December 31, 2021 – Deadline for central conferences to vote to align with a New Methodist denomination.
  • July 1, 2022 – Deadline for annual conferences outside the United States to vote to align with a different Methodist denomination from that of their central conference.

 

Read more about The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. 

 

 

The Council Of Bishops request for Declaratory Decision on Protocol March 11