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Behind the Scenes of General Conference 2016


This video series introduces members of the Committee on General Conference tasked with planning and carrying out the largest gathering of the global church.

Judi Kenaston is Chair of the Commission on General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Kenaston Serves Church through General Conference Commission

“I have prayed for General Conference every day, from the moment I was asked to chair the commission. I couldn’t do it without God’s help.” View

Since 2004, the Rev. Gere Reist has served The United Methodist Church as the Secretary of General Conference. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Gere Reist: At the helm of General Conference

“Being at General Conference is an act of constant prayer.” Learn more about what motivates the man at the forefront of this church gathering for decades. View

Sara Hotchkiss gives a tour of the Portland Convention Center, site of the United Methodist 2016 General Conference. Video image by Jess Warnock, United Methodist Communications.

Sara Hotchkiss: Managing the Business of General Conference

"I can’t put into words the privilege and experiences I’ve been able to have in the work I do, with United Methodists all over the world." View

Pastor’s Other Calling: General Conference Petitions

“We’re not voting delegates. We operate behind the scenes. And I think that is a part of our calling.” View

The Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett participates in worship during General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

General Conference: The Global Church Worships

“I’m answering God’s call to design worship for General Conference,” says the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett. Watch what goes into planning General Conference 2016 with our video series. View

Audun Westad of Norway is a member of the Commission on General Conference. Photo courtesy of Audun Westad.

Planning General Conference for a Global Church

“I don’t think the voting is the most important thing. I think the dialogue between the different delegates is the important thing.” View

The Rev. Mujinga Kashala is part of the Commission on General Conference and a 2016 delegate from the DRC.  Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Global Voices at General Conference: The Rev. Mujinga Kashala

She will be traveling nearly 9,000 miles from home, but this South Congo pastor is glad to be one of the global voices shaping the denomination. View

Bill Haden is chair of the local host committee for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Bill Haden: Hosting the Global Church in Portland

“Our objective is to ensure people have a positive experience here, that they can focus on the work,” says chair of host committee. View

Modern artwork brightens the hallways of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the site of General Conference 2016. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

General Conference 2016: Portland Venue Tour

As United Methodists anticipate next year's global church gathering in Oregon, we take you on a behind-the-scenes trip around the site. View