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General Conference 2008: Resources for Delegates


Approved Plan of Organization and Rules for The 2004 General Conference

From the days of Wesley, the "People called Methodist" have gathered for holy conferencing. The early Methodists even as they attended to practical needs of the movement focused primarily on spiritual matters....Through Christian conferencing the church comes together, seeking unity in the midst of diversity, always desiring to know the mind of Christ. Read plan (PDF)»

Legislative Committees and Paragraphs of The Book of Discipline Assigned to Each Committee

This document lists the Legislative Committees and outlines the portions of the The Book of Discipline that relate to the work of each committee. Submitted petitions that relate to these paragraphs will be assigned to the appropriate committee for processing. View list»

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. Learn more»


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

Guidelines for 'Holy Conferencing'

This set of 10 principles for conversation focuses on respect, civility and mutual understanding, as well as ensuring that diverse voices are heard in the consideration of legislation and resolutions. View guidelines»


2008 General Conference Visitor's Guide

This guide will be a key resource for your time at General Conference. It includes a wealth of important information, including the agenda for the assembly, details on the legislative process and summaries of key issues. You will also find information on the denomination's history and structure as well as membership and financial statistics. Download the Guide (PDF)»

Schedule of Events

Each day of General Conference is scheduled is by the Committee on Agenda. While the details of the daily agenda are usually not set until the day before, the overall structure of General Conference is the same each day. Special events, such as the Laity and Episcopal Address, are scheduled well in advance. Download the basic agenda for the entire conference (PDF)»

Plenary Floor Plan

This map shows a diagram of the plenary floor. See the seating assignments document below to locate where your delegation will be seated. View map (PDF)»

Plenary Seating Assignments

This document provides a listing of seating assignments on the plenary floor for delegations. View assignments (PDF)»

Convention Center Locations and Room Assignments

Locate important areas such as committee meeting rooms, snack areas, the banquet area, the First Aid station, exhibits, the Cokesbury Bookstore, etc. View locations»

Interpretation and Aids for the Hearing Impaired

Two American Sign Language Interpreters will be available the first week of General Conference to perform sign language interpretation in the Legislative Committee rooms as needed (upon request), with priority given to delegates. American Sign Language will be offered in Seating Section 207 of the Arena for plenary sessions. There will also be earphones available for delegates in the plenary session. A limited number will be available for those in the audience if they deposit a valid drivers license in exchange for the earphones.


Daily Shuttle Overview

A listing of available shuttle services and scheduling information for daily transportation from your hotel to the convention center. View shuttle information

Hospitality Team

The Central Texas Annual Conference and The Southeastern Jurisdiction welcomes The United Methodist Church to Fort Worth, Texas. As delegates and visitors from around the world prepare for the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, the people of the Central Texas Annual Conference, the General Commission on General Conference and the general agencies of the church have worked to prepare the way. Learn more about the hospitality the CTC is providing in Fort Worth

Prayer Ministries

Information about the space provided for prayer in the convention center as well as prayer resources provided by The Central Texas Annual Conference HospitalityTeam. Also learn about resources for individuals and local churches can be in prayer for the activities of General Conference. View prayer ministry resources»

Demonstration Guidelines

Public expressions of faith and concern on a broad range of theological and social issues are part of the long, and rich history of the General Conference. This gathering is more than a meeting: It reflects Christ at work in the life of his church. For the duration of the General Conference, the convention center is holy space; a place of worship and decision-making guided by prayer. In that spirit, participants are asked observe these guidelines. Read more»

Delegate Informational Videos

These brief videos provide information on a wide range of topics from an introduction to General Conference and Fort Worth to nutrition and exercise tips. View videos»

Treasurer's Office Frequently Asked Questions for the U.S. Delegates

US Delegate information about Treasurer's Office procedures, services and hours of operation. View FAQs»