Purpose of the General Conference

The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, consisting of voting delegates from regional conferences around the world. The assembly normally meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as to adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs for the next four years. A special session of the General Conference has been called for February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, while General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis. We anticipate about 6,000-8,000 people to be in attendance at each of these conferences. Approximately 850 of these are voting delegates, and 400 are non-voting delegates and alternates. The remaining attendees are presiders, staff and volunteers, and observers.

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