General Conference 2016

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise 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. 

Download the Guide to the 2016 General Conference (pdf). For recent headlines, information on legislation and more, visit

General Conference Daily Update: North Georgia Edition

Friday, May 20: Delegates Pass a Budget, Debate Divestment 
Thursday, May 19: Historic Commissioning of Missionaries, Recognition of Retiring Bishops
Wednesday, May 18: Delegates Approve Plan, SEJ Lunch, Imagine No Malaria Celebration 
Tuesday, May 17: Call for Unity, Ecumenical Day, Candler Presence 
Monday, May 16: North Georgia UMs in Worship, Reports and Press Conference 
Weekend, May 13-15: Special Guests at Friday Event, Young People's Address, Committees Wrap
Friday, May 13: Committee Work Continues
Thursday, May 12: Decision on Rules, Committee Work Continues  
Wednesday, May 11: Worship, Plenary, Legislative Committees Convene
Tuesday, May 10: General Conference Begins
Monday, May 9: Pre-General Conference Update  

Votes of Note

Read about some of the legislation that passed and other petitions that were not approved by General Conference 2016.

Photos from Portland

Week Two: Photos from General Conference 
Weekend: Plenary, Special Guests 
Day 3: Delegates at Work Around the Convention Center 
Day 2: Worship, Plenary, Committee Work Begins 
Day 1: Welcome to Portland, Opening Worship, Business Begins

After General Conference

For analysis, news stories, and follow up: 

Live Stream Archives
Find on-demand and downloadable versions of the daily General Conference plenary sessions, worship, and addresses.

Legislation Tracking
Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter for information regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation. 

General Conference Website
Continue to read news from General Conference 2016 at the General Conference website. 

Social Media
Follow the hashtags #UMCGC and #GC2016

General Conference News 

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North Georgia's 2016 General Conference Delegation 

The North Georgia Delegation to General Conference Delegation is listed below. Jurisdictional Conference delegates serve as alternates and many attended GC2016 in Portland. 


Mathew A. Pinson 
Jane Finley 
Keith Cox 
Jeff Jernigan 
Bill Stikes 
Randy Brown 
Lathem Postell 
Rachel Fullerton 
Joe Wesley Kilpatrick 
Tonya Murphy 
Gary Fuller 


Sharma Denise Lewis
Philip Daniel Schroeder
Jane Newman Brooks
Patricia Alice Rogers
James Carlton Cantrell III
Steven Wood Sr.
Richard Don Winn Sr.
Charles Walter Savage II
Kyle Edward Tomlinson
Herzen De Vega Andone
Byron Eric Thomas  

See the Names of the Full 2016 Delegation 

Delegate Count 

Total General Conference delegates: 864
Total General Conference delegates from North Georgia: 22

Listening Sessions

The North Georgia Delegation hosted two listening sessions leading up to General Conference. Clergy and laity of the North Georgia Conference are invited to address the delegation on topics related to legislation to be considered by the 2016 General Conference.