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General Conference 2019: Resources for Leaders


The special called 2019 General Conference, held Feb. 23–26 in St. Louis, focused on moving the denomination past its decades-long struggle with issues around homosexuality. 

The One Church Plan, Traditionalist Plan and Connectional Conference Plan and several other pieces of legislation related to homosexuality were considered by 864 delegates from around the globe.

The resources below will help you talk with your congregations about the legislation adopted and how they will affect local churches, conferences and clergy.


Scene from the prayer room of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Praying together are Yvette Richards from the Missouri Conference and Jennifer Long, volunteer. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Helping your congregation heal after General Conference

Following General Conference, United Methodists continue to experience a myriad of emotions. Use these suggestions to help congregants process what happened and focus on being in ministry together. Read More

Videographer Ronny Perry records a press conference on April 25 during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Perry is one of many United Methodist Communications' staff members working at General Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

View General Conference 2019 Video Archives

If you missed General Conference or would like to watch portions of it again, archived versions are available for viewing. View

Official highlights: 2019 General Conference

United Methodist delegates from around the world worshiped together, discussed complex issues and passed legislation. View

Delegates and bishops join in prayer at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

GC2019 maps uncertain way forward

More than 53 percent of General Conference delegates approved the Traditional Plan, but how much of the plan will take effect is unknown. Read More