General Conference 2019


The Minnesota delegation at General Conference 2019.

The Council of Bishops called a Special Session of the General Conference that took place Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose was to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward and to discern a way forward related to the issue of homosexuality. 

View a list of the Minnesota delegates to the 2019 General Conference Special Session.

The Minnesota communications team was on the ground in St. Louis to provide timely coverage. This page contains links to all of that coverage.


Day 4: Feb. 26

Traditional Plan passes; MN delegates respond with sadness, urge continued focus on ministry
“I leave this General Conference feeling disappointed and really heartbroken and yet...our work is not yet finished,” said Rev. Judy Zabel.

GC2019: What’s next?
Rev. Cindy Gregorson talks about where we go from here, given the outcome of General Conference 2019, and what gives her hope at a time when many are experiencing sadness and disappointment.

Dakotas-Minnesota team prepares to host GC in 2020
Members of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area Host Team came to St. Louis to prepare to welcome United Methodists coming to Minneapolis for General Conference 2020.

Day 3: Feb. 25

One Church Plan fails, Traditional Plan advances; MN delegates voice deep sadness
Minnesota delegates, most of whom have publicly voiced support of the One Church Plan, reacted with both disappointment and deep sadness.

Alternate lay delegate Shirley Durr: Too deep for words
“I just need each of you to know your ‘one wild and precious life’ is what matters most, not what is debated on the floor. Breathe in the Spirit and know that God moves in you.”

Day 2: Feb. 24

Delegates vote to address pensions, Traditional Plan first
“We know there’s still much work to be done,” said Rev. Judy Zabel. “But let’s not lose hope.”

‘God is not done with us’: Young adult delegates reflect
Walker Brault and Matt Bader share their hopes for GC2019, what they value about The United Methodist Church, and their thoughts on reaching young people.

Day 1: Feb. 23

GC begins with prayer, MN delegates reflect
Minnesota delegates said it was a meaningful and significant way to begin their gathering and collective discernment process.

Minnesotans in St. Louis to advocate, witness, volunteer
Visiting Minnesota United Methodists share why they made the trip to St. Louis and what their hope is for the next three days.


View or download photos of Minnesota delegates and observers, and the sights and experiences of General Conference.


Bishop Bruce R. Ough: My heart is heavy
“I encourage all who may be disheartened, harmed, or ready to throw in the towel to remember this truth: The actions of the General Conference do not change who you are, or who we are, in Christ."  PDF version of message

Rev. Carol Zaagsma: 'I lament’
“We have been witnesses and subjects of a great injustice and devastation in the actions of this General Conference,” said Rev. Carol Zaagsma, an alternate clergy delegate who serves Portland Avenue UMC in Bloomington. “I lament, and I invite you into this space with me.”

Day 4 delegate reflections
Rev. Judy Zabel, a clergy delegate from Hennepin Avenue UMC in Minneapolis, and Walker Brault, an alternate lay delegate from Wesley UMC in Winona, talk live about the fourth and final day of General Conference. (We apologize for the technical difficulties that diminished the quality of this video.)

Faye Christensen: ‘My heart was broken’
Lay delegate Faye Christensen reflects on the Great Commandment and candidly shares her heartbreak following some of the actions of General Conference.

Day 3 delegate reflections
Rev. Jeff Ozanne, an alternate clergy delegate from Willmar UMC, and Faye Christensen, a lay delegate from Park UMC in Brainerd, talk live about the third day of General Conference and their hopes for the final day.

Rev. Jeff Ozanne: Seeing God through the fog
Rev. Jeff Ozanne, an alternate clergy delegate, shares a metaphor for where the church is at and talks about what gives him hope as he looks ahead.

Day 3 greetings from Bishop Ough
Bishop Bruce R. Ough shares a greeting with Minnesota and  Dakotas United Methodists, gives an update about where things stand, and talks about his hope and his prayer for the work ahead.

Day 2 delegate reflections
Rev. Woojae Im, a clergy delegate from United Methodist Church of Peace in Richfield, and Karen Thompson, an alternate lay delegate from Silver Lake UMC in Oakdale, talk live about the second day of General Conference and their hopes for the days ahead.

Day 1 delegate reflections
Dave Nuckols, a lay delegate from Minnetonka UMC, and Rev. Carol Zaagsma, an alternate clergy delegate from Portland Avenue UMC in Bloomington talk about the General Conference day of prayer and their hopes for the next three days.

General church coverage

View news stories from the United Methodist News Service related to General Conference 2019.

Get frequently asked questions about General Conference 2019 answered with this handy guide from United Methodist Communications.

'Way Forward' resources

Find some highly recommended 'Way Forward' resources for you to use individually, with a small group, or with your congregation.

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