The following resources and information were assembled in advance of the
2019 Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church. They are archived here for reference.



You may find the following video from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson helpful as we approach the Special General Conference in February. In the video, Bishop Sue answers some of the important questions North Georgia United Methodists have asked about the future of The United Methodist Church.

Other Media:

VIDEO | Bishop Sue Addresses the 2018 North Georgia Annual Conference About the Future
2018 North Georgia Annual Conference
Transcript: Read the transcript of Bishop Sue's Address
Discussion Questions: Read questions posed by clergy 


PODCAST | Bishop Sue speaks to her hopes for the future of the church

VIDEO | Council of Bishops Discuss the 'One Church Model'

VIDEO | Jasmine Smothers, Julie Hager Love, and Tom Berlin Share About Their Experience on the Commission on A Way Forward - From Commission on a Way Forward on YouTube 

Graphics and Printables

Adapt this "One" graphic for use in your North Georgia Conference church (Word Doc)

Timeline to General Conference 2019 (PDF) 



"Do Not Rashly Tear Asunder"
By Thomas C. Oden

"Serving on the Commission"
By Bishop Robert Schnase
Blog Post

"The Beauty of Us"
By Terry Walton
Blog Post

"As Much Unity as Possible: Reflections on 1 Corinthians 12"
By Bishop Ken Carter
Blog Post

"What's at Stake When Schism is an Option"
By Lovett Weems
Lewis Center for Church Leadership


The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
Author: Arbinger Institute
Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services 
(NOTE: A study guide on "The Anatomy of Peace" is available from The Arbinger Institute.)

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
Author: Ron McMillan, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny
Publisher: McGraw Hill Book Co. 

Scripture for Reflection

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
—John 17:20-23 (Jesus prays)

"As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
—Colossians 3:12-15 

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
—Ephesians 4:1-6

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
—Hebrews 10:19-25 (A Call to Persevere in Faith)

Prayer Movement

Join the worldwide prayer movement for General Conference. United Methodists around the world are praying daily from 2:23 to 2:26 as we prepare for the Special General Conference. Additionally, you're invited to use the Spiritual Disciplines teaching times and handbook from the 2018 North Georgia Annual Conference with your congregation, small group, or individually.

Courageous Conversations Tools

Courageous Conversations is a toolbox from Discipleship Ministries that local churches can use to inspire and encourage the church and individuals to stay at the table when the anxiety and emotional turmoil is painful.

Discipleship Ministries Courageous Conversations Toolkit


About General Conference 2019

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