The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference, a denominational gathering of elected delegates from around the world, was scheduled to meet in Minneapolis. It has been postponed, and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned. The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has announced that they will pursue negotiations to have General Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center some time in 2021. Read the March 23 press release for more information.
At a General Conference, delegates discuss and vote on petitions and resolutions proposed by individuals, agencies, annual conferences, and other groups within the denomination. A number of proposals to change the structure of The United Methodist Church and to separate as a denomination were to be considered in 2020.
Whenever General Conference is rescheduled, the Minnesota communications team will be on the ground to provide timely coverage, all of which will appear on this page.
Rev. Carol Zaagsma and Dave Nuckols will serve as Minnesota’s delegates at this General Conference. They will also be delegates at the 2020 North Central Jurisdictional Conference, along with Rev. Woojae Im and Becky Boland. Alternate delegates for both conferences are Revs. Jeff Ozanne, Susan Mullin, Henry Dolopei, and Donna Dempewolf, along with lay people Walker Brault, Cindy Saufferer, Jessica Lanes, and Shirley Durr.
General Conference web page: This official web page contains information about the 2020 legislation, schedule, registration, and denominational news. Registration will open in mid-March. View web page / View schedule
Key legislation: Here’s a chart summarizing and comparing each of the key proposals about the structure of the UMC. View chart
Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA): This resource contains the agenda, rules, delegate listings, petitions, reports from the general agencies/commissions and study committees, information for delegates, and codes of conduct for the 2020 General Conference. View ADCA
Hosting: The Dakotas-Minnesota Area still hopes to be able to host this General Conference in Minneapolis. Bishop Ough has said that the Dakotas-Minnesota Area is open to working with the Commission on the General Conference to reschedule the event in Minneapolis if possible. A website welcomes visitors and helps them navigate the city. View host website
Volunteering: The Dakotas-Minnesota Host Team hopes that those who have already signed up to volunteer will keep their name on file in case the General Conference can be rescheduled in Minneapolis in the future. Volunteers of all ages, interests, and abilities will be needed to extend hospitality to siblings in Christ at General Conference, whenever it happens. Contact email@example.com to learn more.
General Conference primer: A guide for anyone wanting to understand what this denominational gathering is all about, it includes everything from what General Conference is to who attends to how it’s conducted. View primer
General Conference 2019: The Minnesota Conference’s coverage of General Conference 2019 gives the Minnesota delegates’, bishop’s, and attendees’ perspectives on what took place in St. Louis. Access all articles, photos, and videos
Resources for moving forward
During this season of change within The United Methodist Church, we’ve developed and compiled some helpful resources for you and your congregation to use in the months leading up to General Conference. View resources