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General Conference 2016: Guide


You'll find what you need to know about navigating General Conference here — whether you are in Portland or following from home. Learn about how General Conference works, how to get around the convention center, and what things to see and do in Portland.

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Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. preaches during opening worship of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Christ among us: Spirit-filled moments at GC 2016

Worship, prayer, and celebrations surround the work of the General Conference, and lift up God’s work in the people of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Native American leaders listen to a report to the 2016 General Conference about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

Discover the treasures: Finding God in our woundedness

Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of victims of a massacre share with United Methodists how to move forward by searching for the presence of God. Read More

God is able! Dancers help celebrate The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign at the 2016 General Conference. #UMCGC Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

‘More than we could ask or imagine’ – God-sized dreams of service

Song in celebration of Imagine No Malaria, “Able,” encourages us to dream and work toward missions beyond what we can do on our own. Read More

We Believe in Prayer with United Methodist bishops

United Methodist bishops share about their prayer initiatives at General Conference, and how prayer enriches our lives every day. Listen

During the breaks at General Conference 2016, United Methodist bishops like Bishop Minerva Carcaño (center) pray with delegates. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

We believe in prayer: Bishops emphasize prayer at General Conference

As spiritual leaders of the church, United Methodist bishops lead several prayer ministries before and during General Conference. Read More

Hands in dialogue: sharing and listening. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

What Christian conferencing is and isn't

The practice encourages listening and learning from one another, with a focus on mutual understanding. There are no winners or losers. Read More

Historic record contains the minutes of an early conference of Methodist preachers. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications. #UMCGC

Why United Methodist General Conference? History and highlights

General Conferences are part of our culture as United Methodists. They have shaped us in the past and will lead us into the future. Read More

Timeline shares some of the history and highlights of General Conference. Infographic by United Methodist Communications.

Infographic: United Methodist General Conference History and Highlights

Easy one-page graphic explains the path The United Methodist Church has taken since the first General Conference. More

There are a variety of ways to stay connected to General Conference. Some involve technology, but that is not the only way. Photo by Greg Nelson, Oregon-Idaho Conference.

Every United Methodist can be part of General Conference 2016

Don’t sit out General Conference just because you are not a delegate. There are several ways to get (and stay) connected to all that will happen. Read More

The Rev. Bradley Barton exits Macedonia United Methodist Church near Parsons, W.Va. Barton, who is a correctional officer at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, often leaves his job at the jail just in time for worship and preaches while still in his jail uniform. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

What will General Conference mean to my United Methodist church?

The work, worship, celebrations, and remembrances of General Conference help local congregations fulfill their call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Read More