Advocate Way Forward and General Conference 2019 Coverage
From Feb. 23-26, 2019, United Methodist delegates from around the world will gather for a special session of General Conference, to be held at The Dome in St. Louis. There, 864 United Methodists from across the world who are delegates from each annual conference in the denomination will gather in one place with one purpose: helping the global church move beyond its debilitating disagreement over human sexuality. The idea is that if the decisions are addressed in 2019, then the next main General Conference, set for 2020 in Minneapolis, will be able to focus on the full mission of the church and not one issue.
The express purpose of this 2019 Special Session of General Conference, as stated in the call, is “limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based upon the recommendations of the Council of Bishops.” The Way Forward commission was created at the will of the last General Conference, in 2016, and charged to examine paragraphs in the United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and help the full church explore ways to move beyond its impasse around ministry and human sexuality.
The Way Forward commission developed three plans for the church: the One Church Plan, the Traditional Plan and the Connectional Conference Plan. Other plans are also expected to be considered, such as the Simple Plan and the Modified Traditional Plan.
The Advocate will be at the special session of General Conference to cover the event for South Carolina United Methodists.
Below is past detailed Advocate coverage of GC2019 and the way forward:
January 2019: A Call for Focused Prayer in Preparation for GC2019
December 2018: General Conference: Now What?
November 2018: Judicial Council Rules on Two of Three Way Forward Plans
August 2018: Call Changed for GC2019
June 2018: Bishops Recommend One Church Plan for UMC
December 2017: Bishop Calls for Week of Prayer for UMC Dec. 24-30