Bishops seek declaratory decisions on three plans submitted to General Conference

July 12, 2018

WASHINGTON –  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for declaratory decisions on the constitutionality of the petitions submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.

In an electronic vote on July 7, 2018, the bishops agreed to seek a ruling from the highest court in the denomination on whether proposed legislationsknown as the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the TraditionalPlanare constitutional.

“We are asking for this so that we can gain greater clarity about constitutional issues within the three plans, and in service to and support of the delegations, who will do extremely important work in a very limited amount of time,” said COB President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter.

The Special Session of the General Conference has been called for February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Fall meeting of the Judicial Council is set for October 23-26, 2018.

Click Here for the Judicial Council's published October 2018 docket which includes the COB of Bishops' request for declaratory decision.


Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS


Commission on a Way Forward