2019 Special Session of General Conference

The Council of Bishops announced the call to a Special Session of the General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. The 32-member commission, appointed by the bishops, was authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity.

General Conference, which usually meets every four years, is the only body that can speak for the denomination.

“The Council of Bishops encourages the entire church to continue in deep, unceasing prayer for Holy Spirit breakthroughs for the Commission on a Way Forward and the Special Session of General Conference,” said Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough, the president of the Council of Bishops, in a letter released Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

More information at www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2019-special-session

More information on the Commission on a Way Forward at www.umcna.org/cowfinformation

Post General Conference Resources

Read Updates from the North Alabama Conference


Final Report from the Commission on a Way Forward

Judicial Council Decision

Praying Our Way Forward

Daily Christian Advocate

Legislation Tracking


Additional Information

Council of Bishops


Guests and observers registration

Guest and observer registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions.There is a suggested badge fee of $7 for early registration and $10 for on-site registration to offset the costs of the credentialing process. Early registration is now available through February 8, 2019. Advance registration is not required and guests and observers may also register onsite. To pre-register now, visit the registration website.


North Alabama General Conference Delegation:

Laity Clergy
Steve Lyles Robin Scott
Scott Selman Dale Cohen
Zac Riddle Mary Henley
Carol Toney Tiwirai Kufarimai
Alternates Alternates
Charlie Carlton Glenn Conner
Pat Meadows Robert Sparkman
Emily Nelms Chastain Mark Parris


Contact the North Alabama Delegation

Use the form below or send an email to  gc2019@umcna.org.

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