A Way Forward

As our General Conference delegates enter into a time of discernment the entire United Methodist Church is invited into a season of prayer and shared learning.

The resources on this page are intended to assist us as we learn and grow together.

You may also learn more about the Commission on A Way Forward on their webpage.  Follow this link.

If you would like to be in contact with our General Conference Delegates please follow this link.


Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball invites all members of The United Methodist Church in West Virginia to join in prayer daily from 2:23-2:26.  To learn more follow this link.


The Courageous Conversations project, from UMC Discipleship, is aimed to help us move from skepticism to curiosity and even openness to encounter God’s grace.

Courageous Conversations is a toolbox 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.

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Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball offers this update on the work of the UMC Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops, the Judicial Council and the Commission on General Conference in preparation for the special session of General Conference 2019.

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball offers a summary of the Commission on A Way Forward report and what it means for the February 2019 special session of General Conference. 

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball explains the conciliar process, which along with prayer and the study of scripture, was the methodology the Commission on A Way Forward used to gather information, discuss and write proposed legislation for the special session of General Conference.

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball discusses specifics of the One Church Plan as it has been submitted by the Commission on A Way Forward to the special General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which will gather in St Louis in February, 2019.

This video is a brief summary of the Connectional Conference plan that will be considered by the February 2019 General Conference.

In two places in this video you will see the word Connectional Conference appear at the bottom of the screen. In these two places Bishop Ball meant to say Connectional Conference rather than Central Conference. To clarify: In the Connectional Conference plan the Central Conferences outside the U.S. would become Connectional Conferences identified by the region or country served. Additionally, there would no longer be geographically defined Jurisdictional Conferences in the U.S. - but rather U.S. Connectional Conferences defined by Theological stance.

This video is a brief sketch of the Traditionalist Plan that has been submitted to the 2019 General Conference by the Commission on a Way Forward.

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball is the resident bishop of the West Virginia Conference and she is also one of the moderators for the Commission on a Way Forward.

We’ve been drawing religious lines in the sand for hundreds of years, using varying standards to determine who’s “in” and who’s “out.” How can Christians work for peace within culture if we can’t get it right amongst ourselves?

Ted Trimpa, gay rights activist, and Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, provide a model for peace-making, as two very different people working together to advance good. They recently worked on anti-human trafficking laws in Colorado, and they’ll share wisdom on working with people that differ greatly from us. 

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Rev. Tom Salsgiver, a member of the Susquehanna Annual Conference and a member of the Commission on A Way Forward, share this report of the work of the Commission.  

Gil Rendle, consultant to the Commission on A Way Forward, shares a parable for today.

Donna Pritchard, Tom Salsgiver and Leah Taylor members of the Commission on A Way Forward.

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball shares the State of the Church with the West Virginia Annual Conference, Saturday June 9, 2018.