General Conference News – May 3, 2024

General Conference News & Resources

General Conference – May 3

The postponed 2020 General Conference has officially adjourned! We give thanks to our delegates, Bishops, staff, volunteers, and all of you who prayed these past 10 days.

If you missed anything from General Conference, check out our daily recaps on our General Conference page. We will continue to update this page with important news and information.


The Susquehanna Conference delegation is hosting two post-General Conference webinars to share the most important takeaways from General Conference and answer questions that you may have.

You MUST register to receive the webinar link. Feel free to register individually or as a congregation! These webinars are scheduled for:

Thursday May 16 (7 – 8 pm) REGISTER TODAY

Tuesday May 21 (12 – 1 pm) REGISTER TODAY

If you have specific questions regarding General Conference, please submit them using the “Questions & Comments” field in the registration form.

 


United Methodists remove same-sex wedding ban

Delegates to The United Methodist Church approved four changes to church law intended to remove the last remnants of restrictions aimed specifically at LGBTQ people.

This comes after a week of slowly removing bans and enforcement measures against gay clergy and same-sex weddings.

The delegates also passed a measure that explicitly allows clergy to choose which weddings they perform or don’t perform.

 

 


‘Get out of God’s way,’ bishop urges

During the final morning worship at General Conference, Council of Bishops President Tracy S. Malone said the work done at General Conference the past 10 days is not as important as what the church will do next.

The resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference grounded her sermon in the words of Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11 (NRSV). She echoed David’s bold proclamation that God is our refuge and our strength.

She asked delegates to imagine a United Methodist Church where hope is reborn, and where people are reconciled to one another and committed to build God’s beloved community.

 

 


General Conference delegates passed a denominational budget that represents a 38% to 41% cut to the budget the 2016 General Conference passed.

The ultimate bottom line is contingent on giving rates in 2025 and 2026.

Delegates also approved a plan for distributing 32 bishops across the U.S. — which represents a reduction from the 39 active bishops currently serving.