The Commission on the General Conference announced on March 3, 2022 that the 2020 General Conference cannot be held in 2022 due to COVID-related and governmental policies/constraints. General Conference has thus been further postponed to 2024.
A significant advantage of further postponing the 2020 General Conference to 2024 is that the Commission has already secured a venue for what would have been the regularly scheduled quadrennial event. An announcement about the location will be forthcoming as soon as the required logistical planning is complete.
In response to the decision, Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey said, “I give thanks for the Commission on the General Conference, a committed and faithful group of laity and clergy. The Commission continues to serve tirelessly, and their work is deeply appreciated and valued."
The General Conference is the only body of The United Methodist Church that can set official policy and speak for the denomination.
The General Conference is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates – half clergy and half lay – who are elected by the members of their respective Annual Conferences. The General Conference meets every four years and can also meet between those years if a special session is called.
During General Conference, delegates discuss and vote on petitions and resolutions proposed by individuals, agencies, annual conferences, and other groups within the denomination. These actions could result in a revision of: The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, the denomination's book of law; and The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church, the denomination’s policies on current social issues.
Bishops attend the General Conference but cannot vote. Some bishops serve as presiding officers during the conference with the remaining bishops present but unable to speak on the proceedings unless granted permission to do so by the delegates.
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