What did the 2020 General Conference decide?

Minneapolis is scheduled to host the next General Conference on Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021. United Methodists in the Minnesota and Dakotas conferences have been making plans to host General Conference in Minneapolis since 2013. Photo by Krivit Photography, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.
Minneapolis is scheduled to host the next General Conference on Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021. United Methodists in the Minnesota and Dakotas conferences have been making plans to host General Conference in Minneapolis since 2013. Photo by Krivit Photography, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.

The 2020 General Conference had been scheduled for May 5-15 in Minneapolis. The coronavirus pandemic led to a decision to reschedule the meeting for August 29-September 7, 2021.

The many plans and proposals to restructure, divide, or even dissolve The United Methodist Church that would have been decided in 2020 will now be considered when General Conference meets in 2021.

All the proposals regarding the church’s future and many other issues addressed in the over 800 items of legislation already received are on hold until General Conference can meet to decide them. The Commission on the General Conference answered questions about what the delay means for how the denomination does its decision-making.

You can keep up to date with developments about the postponed General Conference through the General Conference website and United Methodist News.

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