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General Conference 2024

General Conference 2024

After a four-year delay, the 2020 General Conference will take place April 23-May 3, 2024 in Charlotte, NC.

The General Conference Website

United Methodist News Service

Virginia Conference Delegation
Click here to view a list of names for the Virginia Conference Delegation.

Kim Johnson, GC delegate and NOVA District Director of Communications, has created a helpful infographic for individual and church use to explain the purpose of General Conference and more.


General Conference news and information from Virginia Conference Communications, featuring local clergy and laity. New resources will be added weekly through early May.

Intro to General Conference

General Themes


Wespath Retirement Changes

Human Sexuality

Disaffiliation Next Steps

Social Principles

Before Conference Conversations: Podcasts (16 episodes)

more episodes coming soon…

What is the General Conference?

General Conference news and information from UM News, the official news agency of The United Methodist Church.

What to know about General Conference proposals

By Heather Hahn | March 7, 2024 | NASHVILLE, T.N. (UM News)

After tough years of dealing with disease and departures, United Methodists are about to gather for a General Conference that will chart the denomination’s future. Read More

A beginner’s guide to General Conference

The United Methodist Church has no pope.

But it does have a General Conference — the only body that can set official policy and speak for the international denomination[…]

Think of the two-week gathering as a combination of a United Nations General Assembly, a U.S. congressional session and a time of rousing Christian worship. Read More

Ask The UMC: What is regionalization?

If you are in or around United Methodist leadership circles, you may have heard the word “regionalization” more frequently in recent months. In this series, Ask The UMC will explore the ways that regionalization already exists for central conferences and the Read More

Looking ahead to General Conference next year

By Heather Hahn Dec. 18, 2023 | CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UM News)

After a four-year delay, the next General Conference is rapidly approaching in just over four months. With time of the essence, the commission that plans The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly met Read More

General Conference FAQs

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All of the legislation which was properly submitted in September 2019 for the 2020 General Conference is still properly before the body for consideration at the April 23-May 3, 2024 General Conference session.

The Judicial Council, the top court of the UMC, determined that any postponement of the General Conference would reset the submission deadlines for proposed legislation. Additional legislation was therefore allowed to be submitted, with a deadline of September 2023. The newly submitted petitions and new, updated reports from the denomination’s general agencies were then organized by legislative committee and translated into multiple languages. They were released in January 2024 and will be considered by the body alongside the originally submitted legislation. Learn more here.

The next General Conference will be held in Charlotte, NC from April 23-May 3, 2024.

This will depend in part on the legislation before the General Conference body. Normal General Conference sessions include a week of legislative committees prior to the General Conference body meeting together as a whole.

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