2012 General Conference

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The 1000-member assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs for the next four years. The 2012 meeting will take place April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center. Visit the 2012 General Conference Web site for more information.

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Stories from General Conference

Watkins brings Caretakers of God’s Creation to General Conference
Virginia delegation pauses to honor Bishop Kammerer
Virginia United Methodist students attend General Conference as part of class work
Delegates observe World Malaria Day and Imagine No Malaria
A Chalice, A Paten and A Vow of Poverty: Rev. Lorenza Andrade-Smith
General Conference delegates are covered in prayer
Alexandria high school senior helps promote Imagine No Malaria

Slideshows of Pictures from General Conference

April 24, 2012 April 29, 2012     May 4, 2012
April 26, 2012 April 30, 2012  
April 27, 2012 - Act of Repentance       May 1, 2012  
April 27 May 2, 2012  
April 28 May 3, 2012  


Virginia Conference Delegation

Thirteen lay delegates and 13 clergy delegates were elected to General Conference. An additional 13 lay delegates and 13 clergy delegates were elected to Jurisdictional Conference. Another 10 clergy and 10 lay were elected as reserve delegates.

Elected Clergy:
Elected Laity:
Thomas M. Berlin Shirley Caufmann
Beth C. Downs Darlene Amon
Clarence R. Brown Ron Hardman
J. Denise Honeycutt Jim Branscome
 Rhonda VanDyke Colby  Nathaniel L. Bishop
 Peter M. Moon  Marshall Bailey
 Tammy Estep  Martha E. Stokes
 Marc D. Brown  David Brown
 Theodore Smith  Susie Wolf
 Amanda Garber  Carol A. Gaston
 G. Kirk Nave  Dorothy C. Ivey
 Young Jin Cho  Larry Burian
 Brenda J. Biler  Gene Mims

Click here to download a complete list of delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences and the alternates (pdf). Click here to download a list of General Conference delegates and their contact information (Excel).

News and Information:

General Board of Discipleship to provide Prayer Guide for delegates, participants and guests of GC2012 (GBOD)
Pre-General Conference briefing to be held Jan. 19-21 (UMNS) 
Budget cuts on table for General Conference (UMNS)


How does General Conference Work?
The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, the General Conference, will gather April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Florida. Nine hundred and eighty-eight delegates from around the world will set policy and direction for the church, as well as handle other business. General Conference is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church.
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How does the legislative process work at General Conference?
Primary sources of legislation are petitions and proposals from church agencies and organizations. The General Conference Legislative committees review, sort and refine legislative proposals. No action is final until taken by the General Conference in plenary session.
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General Conference 101
“Exploring General Conference” (EGC101) is a free, basic online course that outlines how General Conference operates and how it can affect the lives of United Methodists everywhere. It is perfect for anyone attending General Conference, including communicators and delegates, and United Methodists interested in learning more about how the denomination makes decisions.
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