Structure

Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. In 2020, the faces at General Conference may change, but the numbers will likely be the same. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Our Structure

The United Methodist Church does not have a central headquarters or a single executive leader. Duties are divided among bodies that include the General Conference, the Council of Bishops and the Judicial Council. 

These entities are required by our Constitution to be part of our structure. Each plays a significant role in the life of the church.

Bishops lead the processional for opening worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.
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Structure

Council of Bishops

The Council of Bishops plays an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world.

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General Conference delegates in session.
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Who We Are

What is... the General Conference?

What is the general Conference and what does it do? Watch this quick overview of the General Conference and find out how it serves the United Methodist Church.

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Council of Bishops

General Conference

Judicial Council