Since the creation of The United Methodist Church, the location of General Conference has rotated among the church’s five geographic U.S. jurisdictions (North Central, Northeastern, South Central, Southeastern, Western).
Three cities have hosted the worldwide assembly more than once.
The 1784 Christmas Conference, which formed the Methodist Episcopal Church in America, was held at Lovely Lane Chapel in Baltimore, Maryland. The first regular General Conference met again in Baltimore in 1792 and established the cycle of meeting once every four years.
Two hundred years after the Christmas Conference, the 1984 General Conference again met in Baltimore.
Portland, Oregon, was the site of the 1976 and 2016 General Conferences.
Three General Conferences have been held in St. Louis, Missouri — the 2019 Special Session, the 1970 Special Session and the 1988 General Conference.
For the first time, organizers planned to hold the 2024 quadrennial gathering out of the U.S. in Manila, Philippines. However, those plans were canceled due to lack of availability of convention and hotel space. Plans for 2024 have not yet been announced.
The 2020 General Conference, which was originally set to take place in May 2020, has twice been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been rescheduled to Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis.
Sites of United Methodist General Conferences:
1968 Dallas, Texas (Uniting Conference)
1970 St. Louis, Missouri (Special Session)
1972 Atlanta, Georgia
1976 Portland, Oregon
1980 Indianapolis, Indiana
1984 Baltimore, Maryland
1988 St. Louis, Missouri
1992 Louisville, Kentucky
1996 Denver, Colorado
2000 Cleveland, Ohio
2004 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2008 Fort Worth, Texas
2012 Tampa, Florida
2016 Portland, Oregon
2019 St. Louis, Missouri (Special Session)
2020 Postponed to 2022 (scheduled for Minneapolis, Minnesota)
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