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2019 Special Session of the General Conference Petition Submission Form

Your petition submission will be sent to the Petitions Secretary. All petitions must be received by the Petitions Secretary by July 8, 2018.

The purpose of the special General Conference 2019 stated in the Bishop’s call is limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. Petitions to the special General Conference 2019 may be filed by any organization, clergy member and lay member of the United Methodist Church as long as the business proposed to be transacted in such petition is in harmony with the purpose stated in the call. It is the obligation of the General Conference to determine, in the first instance, through its committees, officers and presiders, acting in accordance with The Book of Discipline 2016 and the rules and procedures of the General Conference, whether any such petition is "in harmony." However, business not in harmony with the purpose as stated in the call is not permitted unless the General Conference by a two-thirds vote shall determine that other business may be transacted. See ¶ 14. [Judicial Council Decision 1360]

Before submitting your petition, please be sure to review and understand all submission requirements: Instructions for Submitting Petitions [PDF].

Please review the Book of Discipline 2016 Errata before submitting your petition to ensure that the petition uses the correct text of the Discipline. The Errata for the Book of Discipline may be accessed online through the Official United Methodist Resources 2017-2020 page on Click the link at the bottom of the menu on the left side of the page. You may also access the Errata at

After submitting your petition you will receive an email confirmation. If for some reason you do not receive an email confirmation, please make sure to confirm that it wasn’t caught by your spam blocker. If you need additional help with website submission, please contact

Please enter your information in the form below.

Name of the petition you are submitting.



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Please note that the file must be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats.

Format of the document must be either .doc, .docx or .rtf.

Format of the document must be either .doc, .docx, or .rtf.

(I certify that the information provided in this form is accurate.)