Another Mile Marker on the Road to St. Louis

February 14, 2019

General Conference 2019 Is in View 

Like the Emerald City, St. Louis and General Conference 2019 now are visible on the horizon. In just one week and two days, we’ll arrive at our immediate destination – and the real journey will begin. 
Here are some navigational tools for tracking the Feb. 23-26 action during the special called session of General Conference. 
  • Watch Live from the home page: The live stream of GC2019 will be in the main feature position of our home page, beginning at midday on Fri. Feb. 22. The broadcast itself will not begin until 7 a.m. PST on Sat. Feb. 23. 
  • Download GC2019 Schedule: Advanced Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) 
  • Download Schedule for opening Day of Prayer, Sat. Feb. 23 (in which Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will be participating)
  • Understand Legislative Process: On the first legislative day, Sun. Feb. 24, plans and petitions will be listed one at a time on the video screens (in numerical order, based on petition number). Delegates then will rank them as high or low priority, using their voting device. When the votes are projected at the end of that process, we’ll finally have an indication of which plans for the future of The UMC delegates prefer. It’s expected that it will be the following day, Mon. Feb. 25, when all delegates – acting as a single legislative committee – will consider and perfect each plan and petition, in order, based on the percentage of support they received the day before. Following that, items receiving an affirmative vote in legislative committee will be brought to the floor of the plenary session for further debate and a vote according to the Plan of Organization and Rules of Order. That’s expected to happen on the final day, Tues. Feb. 26. All petitions approved by a legislative committee must have a vote by the plenary session.
  • Get the Western Jurisdiction perspective: The communicators for the seven conferences that make up the Western Jurisdiction will be working together to provide coverage that focuses on our own delegates and leaders. If you’ve been receiving the Instant Connection for at least three months, you’re already subscribed to the mailing list for the Western Jurisdiction Update, a special newsletter created just to provide you with a recap of each day’s action, along with insights from Cal-Nev and WJ leadership. (If you did NOT receive your copy of the launch edition of the Update, emailed Jan. 4, 2019, subscribe here: The Update is hosted by the OR-ID Conference and will be discontinued after GC2019. Watch for your pre-General Conference edition to hit your Inbox on Tues. Feb. 19.   
  • Social media with a WJ perspective: We’re using the hashtag #OneChurch4All to reflect our belief that as members of the Western Jurisdiction we already are One Church, united in ministry to all who need Jesus – and all does mean all. (This does not mean that we necessarily are in perfect alignment on all issues, including those before the General Conference.) Other hashtags already in use include: #gc2019 | #umcgc | #umcgc2019 
  • Follow along on the Cal-Nev GC2019 site: We’ll continue to work to keep the site updated with fresh information and insights, including interviews with California-Nevada people who will be on site in St. Louis.  
    Speaking of which: Email Kathy LaPoint-Collup at, no later than Friday Feb. 22 if you can attend a dinner in St. Louis following adjournment on Sunday (Feb. 24) that’s being hosted by the Cal-Nev delegation and is open to everyone from the conference who’s attending GC. You will need to RSVP with your email address in order to receive the address of the Airbnb where the dinner will be held. 
  • After-GC Messaging: Be alert to the possibility that the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops may have a message after the conclusion of the special session, that would be intended to be shared with congregations on Sunday March 2.