In a video message to the East Ohio Conference, Bishop Tracy S. Malone acknowledges the anxiety and the uncertainty that many people are feeling as we prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.
“We need to trust in God’s grace and God’s wisdom. Not our will, but God’s will be done. The day after the Special Session of General Conference the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world will still be yet alive. We must stay focused on the mission.”
Download Bishop Malone’s video message to show in your local church.
Download the Conversation and Prayer Guide for Local Churches resource for use as we seek a Way Forward to maintain and strengthen the unity of The United Methodist Church, and stay focused on our vision.
A Special Session of the General Conference has been called for February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri to receive and act upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward and recommendations of the Council of Bishops.
Read the Mission, Vision, and Scope article that shaped the Commission’s work.
Read the Final Report from the Commission on a Way Forward that outlines the work of the Commission and contains details on each of three proposed plans: The One Church Plan, recommended by the Council of Bishops; the Connectional Conference Plan; and the Traditionalist Plan.
Read the Wespath FAQs about the Special Session of General Conference and an explanation of the Pension/Economic impacts of the Commission on a Way Forward Plans.
Read the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Read the 2019 Special General Conference Session FAQ sheet created by the EOC delegation.
Contact the EOC Delegation: E-mail
To assist delegates with the preparations for the Special Session, the Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision regarding the constitutionality of the three plans contained in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. Below you can read in their entirety:
Other recommended reading resources:
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