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General Conference 2016: Guide and Resource Archives

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

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

Delegates and visitors fill the plenary hall in the May 1 afternoon celebration of Pan-Methodist Full Communion at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. On the screen are Bishop Sharon Rader and Bishop John White. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

GC2016: How General Conference Works

Learn about what General Conference does, who attends, and specific facts about the 2016 conference held in Portland, Oregon. Read More

General Conference 2016 Schedule

This agenda shows the overall program of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Read More

Portland City Center Plenary Hall Map

This map shows how the plenary floor will be laid out for the 2016 General Conference. Read More

GC2016: General Conference Guide

An important resource for delegates, church members and journalists, this guide contains information about the conference schedule, the legislative process and historical background. The guide is available in several translations. Read More

General Conference Glossary of Terms

Do acronyms like ADCA and CALMS leave you feeling anything but calm? Do you wonder what terms like consent calendar, minority reports and verbatim mean? Find answers here. Read More

General Conference 2016 logo

The General Conference logo illustrates the theme of the 2016 conference, "Therefore go." Read More

General Conference 2016: Housing for General Conference

The Commission on General Conference has selected Connections Housing as the official accommodations partner for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Read More