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.
General Conference News and Info: www.gc2012.umc.org
Furr to Give General Conference Laity Address: The Alabama-West Florida Lay Leader, Dr. Steve Furr, will give one of three laity addresses at general conference. All three laity address will be Wednesday, April 25 during the 7am-10am plenary session. Furr will follow the morning prayer time and Episcopal address and is the second presenter of three giving a laity address. Immediately following the lay speakers is the young people's address. To watch the live streaming of the address, visit the 2012 General Conference site at www.gc2012.umc.org. Dr. Furr was also featured in the United Methodist News Service Daily Digest. To read his commentary, click here.
Call to prayer for General Conference: The beauty of being a part of a connectional church is that we can call on one another to pray and support each other in prayer. As the 2012 General Conference approaches, it is important to know our prayer foundation is firm and we are connected in a global prayer network. In partnership with The Upper Room, the Prayer Support team for General Conference is providing “50 Days of Prayer for the General Conference,” a daily prayer resource available free as an e-pub, email subscription or downloadable PDF. More>>
General Conference Petitions Online: The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate, the official journal of General Conference, is now online and available for download at gc2012.umc.org/ADCA. The advance contains all the legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates. The edition is available in English, French and Portuguese.
2012 Schedule: The first week of General Conference is set aside for legislative committee work and the second week for plenary sessions. Take a look at what’s on the agenda in Tampa. View schedule.
General Conference 101 Online Course: General Conference 2012 begins in less than 60 days and one way to prepare is to use a self-directed course about the function and importance of General Conference now available online. “Exploring General Conference” invites users to read content, watch video clips, listen to audio clips, take quizzes, find supplementary materials, and participate in discussion forums. Click here for course.
General Conference App: Download the General Conference mobile app from United Methodist Communications. The iPhone, iPad and Android apps are now available.
Social Media: Use social media, including Facebook, www.facebook.com/gc2012, and Twitter, www.twitter.com/gc2012. The Twitter hashtag is #gc2012. Join the AWF Delegation on Twitter with the hashtag #awfgc12.
Daily Meditations: Join Robert Schnase for "Remember the Future: 30 Days of Preparation," a series of reflections as The United Methodist Church prepares for General Conference 2012. These daily meditations explore hope, purpose, leadership and making and becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. With Wesleyan, scriptural, and leadership themes, explore together the mission of the church in a time of great change. More>>
Q&A with General Agencies: A number of proposals are aimed at restructuring the denomination and its general ministries, so UMNS asked the top executives of each agency to answer five questions about their agency's role in the church.