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GC2008: Resources for Journalists and Communicators

For assistance during General Conference, contact the General Conference Newsroom at (817) 698-4405 or


General Conference Media Guide

Download the definitive guide for journalists covering General Conference. Contains agenda information, dates, phone numbers and background information. Everything you need to know about reporting on General Conference is covered here. Download the guide (PDF)»

About the Newsroom

This resource lists the services that United Methodist Communications will be providing to communicators throughout General Conference and includes key contact information.
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Media Credentialing

Individuals from legitimate news organizations and publications must obtain credentials in order to have access to the General Conference newsroom, press seating areas and legislative committee meetings. Onsite registration for credentials can be obtained from the newsroom registration desk beginning Wednesday, April 23. More information about the newsroom»


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»

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.
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Download the basic agenda for the entire conference (PDF)»

Delegate Seating Chart

The following document shows where delegates will be seated during General Conference. The chart is arranged by jurisdiction and conference. Download seating chart (PDF)»
A map of the plenary hall is available for reference. Download map (PDF)»

List of Delegates

This list show the delegates from each conference and jurisdiction and also identifies which delegates are voting, non-voting and reserves. 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»

Plan of Organization and Rules for The 2008 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.
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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»

General Conference 2004

Review proceedings from the previous General Conference, which was held in Pittsburgh, PA from April 27–May 7, 2004. View site»


Daily Christian Advocate Ordering Info

General Conference Photo Gallery

You'll find photos taken by our staff photographers during General Conference as well as a photo of the Fort Worth Convention Center.

General Conference Logo

Download the official 2008 General Conference logo. Download now»

General Conference 2008 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»