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United Methodist Communications Hosts Pre-General Conference News Briefing

United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
810 12th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203
www.umcpresscenter.org

MEDIA ADVISORY
January 15, 2008

Contact: Diane Denton
(615) 742-5406 (office)
(615) 483-1765 (cell)

United Methodist Communications Hosts Pre-General Conference News Briefing

FORT WORTH, Texas - In preparation for the quadrennial meeting of The United Methodist Church's top policy-making body in Fort Worth later this year, United Methodist Communications will host a Pre-General Conference News Briefing Jan. 24-26 at the Hilton Fort Worth Hotel.

The three-day event aims to provide information for delegates, church and secular journalists, and other interested parties about issues to be considered by The United Methodist Church's legislative body when it meets at the Fort Worth Convention Center April 23 through May 2.

Topics include the denomination's first State of the Church report; the growing focus on leadership development, church growth, ministry with the poor and global health; the first-ever young people's address; the church budget; and the ever-increasing worldwide nature of the church.

There will be 992 delegates at this year's General Conference, which meets every four years to set policy and direction for the 11 million-member global denomination. More than a quarter of the delegates are from outside the U.S.

A General Conference resource guide for journalists covering the event is in development and will be available before April.

News media who are interested in attending should contact the Office of Public Information at 615-742-5406.