News from the East Central District of the United Methodist Church

If you follow news from the United Methodist Church, you have heard that the Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Alex Shanks will present the three plans that are present in the Commission on a Way Forward's report to the Special Session of the General Conference to be held in February 2019. Laity are invited to attend on August 18 at 9am at Asbury UMC in Maitland. Please register to attend at