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Understanding General Conference: Resource for Individuals and Churches

Understanding General Conference: Resource for Individuals and Churches


You probably know that a special called session of The United Methodist Church’s legislative body, General Conference, will take place Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis. You probably know that the session will deal with the denominational stance on gender equality, with the aim of finding a way for the church to accommodate differing views on same-sex marriage and ordination while remaining unified. However, you may have only a vague notion of how General Conference actually works – how decisions are reached there – and how those decisions can affect your local church, as well as the global UMC.

United Methodist Communications has created a training course, available to individuals at no cost, that incorporates articles, quizzes, and multi-media interaction to help you better understand the importance and function of General Conference.

This self-directed online course is available through March 1st. Enroll in the Exploring General Conference training course at

After taking the course, put your newfound knowledge and perspective to use by watching the action take place! The special session will be livestreamed in its entirety on, to enable all United Methodists to be a part of this historic denominational event.

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