Church Special General Conference Report Summary

Below is a short report from the Bishop after the Special General Conference that was held this past week.  If anyone would like to discuss it or ask any questions, we will meet after worship (at the city site) on Sunday, March 10 in fellowship hall at 10:45 am

2019 United Methodist Church Special General Conference Report Summary

The 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church opened Saturday, February 23 in St. Louis. On the day before the conference opens, the bishops of the church spent the day preparing for how they will preside and offer pastoral care. The bishops later spent some time with the members of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Day 1, February 23, 2019

The first day of the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist C was the Day of Prayer. The day started with plenary prayer and moved into prayer for missional needs for each of four regions of the world, includes consecration of the General Conference’s prayer space and concluded with Holy Communion service.

Day 2, February 24, 2019

On the 2nd Day (first day for deliberations) of the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church? It was time to start making decisions.

1. Bishop Ken Carter preached up a storm on the importance of unity of the spirit for United Methodists who profess faith in Christ under the Cross and Flame banner.

2. Bishop Christian Alsted called the conference to order and presided over organization motions and how the conference would be conducted. The Commission on a Way Forward gave its oral report.

3. Then delegates voted on prioritizing how they will work on the petitions before them. The result? The top five chosen to be acted on were:

·      WestPath plans for clergy pensions         63.56%

·      Traditional Plan                                        55.57%

·      Disaffiliation (Petition 90066)                  50.06%

·      Disaffiliation (Petition 90059)                  49.51%

·      One Church Plan                                       48.67%

4. Elected officers for the One Legislative Committee (Joe Harris as chair, Betty Kazadi as vice chair), Carlene Fogle-Miller as secretary.

5. The legislative committee supported the WestPath plans for action by the full body (and that’s the same delegates)

Day 3 February 25, 2019

The 2019 General Conference, meeting as a legislative committee, took the following actions:

1. Approved the Traditional Plan for plenary action

2. Approved two petitions on how churches could disaffiliate from UMC for plenary action

3. Did not approve the One Church Plan for plenary action

4. Did not approve the Simple Plan for plenary action

5. Sent all approved legislation to the Judicial Council for constitutionality review

Both the One Church Plan and the Simple Plans could be on the agenda for plenary session if at least 20 delegates ask for the plans to be on the agenda for final decisions.

Day 4, February 26, 2019

On the last day, the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference made the following decisions:

1. Approved legislation that would let decisions taken at the General Conference to take effect in conferences outside the United States 12 months after the close of the conference.

2. Approved legislation about making sure churches paid their pensions obligations if they leave The United Methodist Church.

3. Rejected an attempt to substitute the One Church Plan instead of the Traditional Plan.

4. Prayed as bishops came down from the stage to pray with delegates before the main vote.

5. Amended and approved the Traditional Plan.

6. Approved a substitute motion on how churches can leave the denomination.

7. Asked the Judicial Council to check the constitutionality of the approved legislation.

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Blessings to you all.

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung