Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church: 2019
What is the Commission on a Way Forward?
At a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, 864 delegates (half lay and half clergy) met February 23-26 in St. Louis, MO, to discuss the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. The General Conference is the highest legislative body in the church and the only group who can decide church law and speak officially for the church. The decision of the General Conference was to offer a majority support for the Traditional Plan. The vote was 53% for and 47% against. It needed a simple majority to pass. They also passed legislation related to protecting our pension plans and working with churches who may want to disaffiliate from the denomination.
Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting5/9/2019
Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting CHICAGO – (May 09, 2019) The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church completed its May 2019 meeting held outside Chicago with a pastoral and prophetic word in response to the decisions of the Special Session and the codification of some of those decisions in the Book of Discipline. “Bishops are not judges or legislators. Bishops are preachers, teachers, shepherds, mediators, and missional strategists who appoint ...
WNCC Response to Judicial Council Ruling4/26/2019
In a decision released on April 26, 2019, the Judicial Council ruled that seven petitions of the Traditional plan remain unconstitutional, including four petitions that were amended during General Conference. The Council found the remaining portions of the Traditional Plan and disaffiliation legislation constitutional. For a full breakdown of the petitions, see the United Methodist News Service analysis- https://www.umnews.org/en/news/court-oks-part-of-traditional-plan-exit-plan.