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General Conference is the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church. It is an international gathering of United Methodists with a maximum of 1,000 delegates - half clergy, half lay. A conference's representation is based on the number of lay members and clergy members in the annual conference with a guarantee of representation by at least one lay and one clergy.
The conference revises The Book of Discipline (book of church law and procedure) and the United Methodist Social Principles. General Conference also adopts resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs for the next four years.