General Conference 2019


Background: Our denomination is facing uncertain times as we struggle through debates over human sexuality – essentially how and whether we are going to include LGBTQ persons in ministry and the life of the church and how and whether we might maintain unity in the face of such diverse options, preferences, and practices.

The Special Called Session of the 2019 General Conference was held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.  Delegates voted in favor of the Wespath Recommendations regarding clergy pensions and for the Traditional Plan.  This plan maintains the current language regarding ordination of homosexuals and same-gender marriages in the UMC Book of Discipline, but adds strict accountability measures.  Because parts of the Traditional Plan was previously ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Council, a motion was made to request another declaratory decision by the Judicial Council on the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan.  The Disaffiliation Petition – Taylor was also passed but had been previously viewed to be unconstitutional as well.  The Judicial Council will meet April 23-26, 2019.  Legislation that is ruled constitutional will go into effect on January 1, 2o20.

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For the Daily Christian Advocate – details regarding GC19 proceedings, click here.

You may email the 2019 delegates directly:

General Conference 2020 Delegation
General Conference Delegates:  Rev. Randall Partin & Sid Strebeck
Jurisdictional Conference Delegates: Rev. Pam Rowley & Susan Brumbaugh
Alternates: Rev. Todd Salzwedel, Rev. Eddie Rivera, Dan Salzwedel & Heath Husted