General Conference 2020


General Conference, the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church, meets May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. 

862 delegates, elected from around the world, will gather to set policy and direction for the church, as well as handle other important business.

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.

Please hold our West Virginia General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates in your prayers each day.

Our General Conference delegates are: 
Judi Kenaston, Rich Shaffer, Erin Sears (laity)
Amy Shanholtzer, Jeff Taylor, Lauren Godwin (clergy)


For prayer resources to use in the local church and for personal reflection, visit:


General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates:
Seated: Lauren Godwin, Mary Ellen Finegan, Rachel Flynn Fulton
Standing: Judy Raines, Kristi Wilkerson, Joe Kenaston, Amy Shanholtzer, Mike Estep, Joseph Hill, Jeff Taylor, Judi Kenaston, Royce Lyden, Rich Shaffer (not pictured: Erin Sears and Sharletta Green)

To communicate with our West Virginia Conference delegation please follow this link. 

Follow this link for resources and trusted information about the upcoming General Conference session.

Follow this link for the General Conference guide from United Methodist Communications.

General Conference is the only group that can speak on behalf of TheUnited Methodist.

General Conference is made of delegates from around the world and involves many nuanced procedures.

Follow this link for proposed General Conference legislation.

An important piece of legislation is an update to our Social Principles. General Conference 2012 requested the update, and over 4000 United Methodist from around the world participated in the feedback.

Follow this link for more information about the proposed changes to the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church.

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Our mission is to discover, develop and deploy passionate spiritual leaders who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world! This is essential to who we are and what we are about as a Church.

Help your congregation be aware that regardless of what happens (or doesn’t) at General Conference, the ministry of making disciples and following God’s call for ministry for your church continues!

Resource: Developing an Intentional Discipleship System: A Guide for Congregations.

and be sure to visit our Congregational Vitality section of our website.

Take this time to foster and deepen relationships with congregation members.

Follow this link for some great hints for leaders in the local church as you prepare to have conversations about General Conference.

For additional suggestions, download and lead your congregation through Courageous Conversations. These tools help your congregation structure dialogues for learning instead of debating.

With church leaders or as a congregation, do a book study on The Anatomy of Peace. Follow this link for free study guide and other resource materials.