The Council of Bishops called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose was to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.
A number of groups in the Western Jurisdiction have issued statements regarding plans for the Way Forward that will be considered at the 2019 General Conference. Below you will find these statements and their support for the One Church Plan.
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.