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United Methodists gather for opening worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin.

United Methodists gather for opening worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

General Conference 2008: Learn about GC

How General Conference Works

General Conference, which convenes every four years, is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. Church law states that no person or organization except the General Conference has authority to speak officially for the denomination. Learn more.

The Legislative Process

Learn how the legislative process works-from the submitting of petitions, the review of petitions by legislative committees and committee recommendations to the final vote by the delegates.
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Issues

Read summaries of the significant issues to be addressed by General Conference. Links to related reports and proposals are included. Read more.

General Conference 101: All you ever wanted to know

This helpful article gives you a brief introduction to everything you need to know about General Conference, including such information as the location, how the legislative process works and special events. Read more.