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The Postponed 2020 General Conference (General Conference 2024)

Are you curious (or confused) about General Conference and what is happening? This page is designed to help you understand the event, who is representing South Carolina there, what the issues are, and more.

Overview of what happened, from the Advocate's June 2024 edition:

Our daily recaps posted during General Conference 2024, authored by Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie:

Full coverage of general conference in the next edition

The General Conference basics:

  • Held April 23-May 3 at the Charlotte Convention Center, the 2024 event is officially called the "postponed 2020 General Conference."

  • 862 delegates representing conferences around the world—including 16 delegates from South Carolina—plus alternates participate.

  • They will spend 10 days setting policy and direction for the denominational church, as well as handling other important business.

  • In addition to the delegates, the UMC’s 59 bishops will be present and preside at General Conference, though they do not have a vote.

  • Hundreds of other people, many of them volunteers, will serve in a variety of roles, such as greeters, registration officials, marshals, pages, translators, guides, drivers, musicians, technicians, reporters and emergency responders.

  • In all, the gathering is expected to draw as many as 7,500 people.

  • Meeting every four years, General Conference is the only entity that speaks for the denomination. The United Methodist Book of Discipline, updated every four years, incorporates changes made by General Conference.

  • The postponed 2020 General Conference theme is “… and know that I am God,” from Psalm 46:10.

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