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Advocate Coverage of General Conference 2019

Advocate Coverage of General Conference 2019

The Advocate is at the special session of General Conference Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis to prayerfully cover the event for South Carolina United Methodists. There, 864 United Methodist clergy and lay delegates from around the world are gathering in St. Louis for this special session of General Conference with a single purpose: helping the global denomination move beyond its debilitating disagreement over human sexuality.

Advocate’s latest articles (at GC2019):

Final day: GC2019 passes Traditional Plan, maintains ‘incompatible’ language

Day 4 Update: Judicial Council rules constitutional seven key aspects of Traditional Plan, other portions unconstitutional

Day 4: S.C. delegates gear up for final day of General Conference 2019 today

S.C. delegates react after ‘difficult’ business on Day 3 of GC2019

Day 3: GC legislative rejects One Church and Simple plans, passes Traditional and disaffiliation plans

Day 2 of GC2019 sets priorities, begins ‘perfecting’ legislation

Sunday at GC to focus on setting priorities

South Carolina delegates reflect on General Conference Day 1



Background: Per the official call, GC2019 is “limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based upon the recommendations of the Council of Bishops.” The Way Forward commission was created at the will of the last General Conference, in 2016, and charged to examine paragraphs in the UMC Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and help the UMC explore ways to move beyond its impasse around ministry and human sexuality. The Way Forward commission developed three plans for the church: the One Church Plan, the Traditional Plan and the Connectional Conference Plan. Other plans are also expected to be considered, such as the Simple Plan and the Modified Traditional Plan. The idea is that if the decisions are addressed in 2019, then the next main General Conference, set for 2020 in Minneapolis, will be able to focus on the full mission of the church and not one issue.

Want more? Past Advocate articles covering GC2019 and the way forward:

Also, stay on top of the South Carolina conference communications office coverage of GC2019 here:

Additionally, United Methodist Communications is livestreaming proceedings at GC2019 in English, French and American Sign Language. The stream at will include all open sessions when the lawmaking assembly meets Feb. 23-26. Visual learners also can view a chart that offers an overview of four main plans under consideration:

Importance of prayer
We invite you to be in prayer for every delegate, especially our South Carolina delegates and alternates, as well as our resident bishop, L. Jonathan Holston. Lay delegates: Barbara Ware, James Salley, Dr. Joseph Heyward, Herman Lightsey, Jackie Jenkins, Michael Cheatham, Martha Thompson, Dr. David Braddon, and alternates Lollie Haselden and Emily Rogers Evans. Clergy delegates: Dr. Tim McClendon, the Rev. Ken Nelson, the Rev. Tim Rogers, Dr. Robin Dease, the Rev. Tiffany Knowlin, the Rev. Narcie Jeter, the Rev. Mel Arant Jr., the Rev. Susan Leonard, and alternates the Rev. Telley Gadson and the Rev. Michael Turner.

We also invite prayer for the members of our South Carolina media team: Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie and the UMCSC Communications Office Dan O’Mara (communications coordinator) and Matt Brodie (production coordinator), as well as all others from South Carolina here to serve, pray and help.


  • Our Prayers are Centered on God’s will and not our wants or wishes. We pray for His kingdom come!

    • Amen, amen!

  • I grew up in the Methodist church but I did not come to know and accept Christ until I became involved in a Metropolitan Community Church at age 40. Not having to keep my guard up as a lesbian opened me to the all inclusive love of Christ. I returned to the Methodist church only to be ” run off” because I’m gay. It was heartbreaking but my faith in God never waivered, just my faith in church. I pray for all the gays and lesbians who because of the lack of full acceptance from ” the church” may never know the full acceptance of God as co-heir with Christ to the Throne. I pray for the gays and lesbians who have not abandoned their Methodist church because it is hard right now, who with love and good faith, believe that through Christ all things are possible. I believe that in the Kingdom of Heaven there will be no Jew or gentile, no male or female, no gay or straight. So I too pray that “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
    I also think that if the UMC does not vote for full acceptance their slogan “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” will not hold true and should be changed.

    • God is not inside of a building or denomination. I believe God is bigger than our preconceived decisions as to where we fellowship and serve Him. I am sure about one thing which is we all must look to the future not the past– finding God in our sexuality is limiting God. Lastly, I believe the slogan of the UMC will hold true regardless of the decision made by the 2019 General Conference. I always ask these questions: “why should I change my belief to satisfy the decision someone make regarding their sexuality? Why should I be put into a situation that will make me feel not welcomed and not comfortable? What is stopping you and others from forming a community of fellowship with like-minded individuals?

  • I agree with you. No one should feel unwelcome and uncomfortable in church.

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