The Commission on the General Conference recently announced the postponed 2020 General Conference will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Council of Bishops followed that with the announcement that the postponed jurisdictional conferences in the United States will be held Nov. 10-12, 2021.
“We're grateful that we were able to secure new dates while keeping the site of General Conference in Minneapolis,” said Kim Simpson, chair of the Commission on the General Conference. “Nearly seven years of pre-planning and preparations by the host team have gone into this event," said Kim Simpson, chair of the Commission on the General Conference.”
Today, each of the jurisdictions in the United States announced its plans for providing episcopal leadership for the period Sept. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2021. The Council of Bishops has approved these plans, which include Bishop Bruce R. Ough, who was scheduled to retire at the end of August, continuing to serve the Dakotas-Minnesota Area through the remainder of 2020.
“Serving the Dakotas-Minnesota Area over the past eight years has been a joy and a privilege, and despite the unfortunate circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent postponement of General and Jurisdictional Conferences, I’m delighted for the opportunity to journey with Dakotas and Minnesota United Methodists for the remainder of 2020,” Bishop Ough said. “Together, we have accomplished much for the kingdom as we have embraced Jesus’ call to grow in love of God and neighbor, reach new people, and heal a broken world. I thank God for the congregations, clergy, and laity across our Area.”
Here is the process for episcopal oversight in the North Central Jurisdiction, as approved by the Council of Bishops:
Phase One – Episcopal Oversight for the remainder of 2020:
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