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GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 - Special Session

February 23-26, 2019 - Special Called Session in St. Louis, Missouri

Sixteen people will represent Holston Conference at a highly anticipated meeting of United Methodist leaders in February 2019. Elected at our Annual Conference 2015, the Holston Conference delegation will join other delegates participating in a Special Session of General Confer­ence, to be held Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. The total number of delegates par­ticipating in the Special Session – from all over the world -- is 864.

General Conference is the top pol­icy-making body of The United Method­ist Church, typically meeting every four years. At the request of General Confer­ence 2016, the Council of Bishops set a plan for addressing the overwhelming number of proposals related to same-sex marriage, the ordination of gay clergy, and related topics. The bishops subsequently created the Commission on a Way Forward and set a Special Session of General Conference in 2019.

Delegation video about the 3 plans being considered(YouTube)
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  • Commission's Final Report - July 2018
  • Holston's Delegation
  • Resources
  • Praying Our Way Forward

    As we approach the Special Called General Conference we are asked that our members across the world pray each day from 2:23-2:26, numbers which correspond to the dates of February 23-26, 2019.






    Schedule for District Discussions on General Conference 2019 PDF

    • Appalachian District
      September 17, 7:00 p.m., Gate City UMC

    • Clinch Mountain District
      November 12, 7:00 p.m., State Street UMC

    • Hiwassee District
      October 14, 3:00 p.m., Cleveland First UMC

    • Mountain View District
      September 23, 3:00 p.m., Morristown First UMC

    • New River District
      September 24 – October 28, During cluster Charge Conferences*

    • Scenic South District
      October 21, 3:30 p.m., Christ UMC

    • Smoky Mountain District
      September 16, 3:00 p.m., Maryville First UMC

    • Tennessee Valley District
      August 26, 2:30 p.m., Powell UMC

    • Three Rivers District
      November 11, 6:00 p.m., Munsey Memorial UMC

      Additional Regional Gatherings

      Southern region, November 10, 10:00 a.m., Ooltewah UMC

      Central region, November 8, 7:00 p.m., Kodak UMC

      Northern region, October 7, 3:00 p.m., Colonial Heights UMC, Kingsport

      * New River Cluster Charge Conferences: 
      September 24, 6:00 p.m., Hillsville First UMC 
      September 25, 6:00 p.m., Mt Zion UMC (Wythe Co) 
      September 26, 6:00 p.m., Central UMC (Bland) 
      September 27, 6:00 p.m., Narrows First UMC 
      October 1, 6:00 p.m., Auburn UMC 
      October 2, 6:00 p.m., St Paul UMC (Wytheville) 
      October 23, 6:00 p.m., Grove UMC (Radford) 
      October 24, 6:00 p.m., Christ First UMC (Abbs Valley) 
      October 25, 6:00 p.m., Pulaski First UMC 
      October 28, 3:00 p.m., Mt Vale UMC 
      October 28, 6:00 p.m., Independence First UMC

  • Alice Williams Presentation at Holston Annual Conference 2018

  • More: GC2016.UMC.ORG

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.

Read about GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 - Special Session in this story from The Call

Goddard asks district to 'hold steady' in first discussion

POWELL, Tenn. (Aug. 29, 2018) -- “Hold steady.” That’s what the head of Holston Conference’s delegation told church leaders Sunday during the first of several district discussions about the shaky future of The United Methodist ...

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